Kentucky governor Steve Beshear wrote a wildly popular op-ed in the NYT…. well it was wildly popular with liberals who don’t live in Kentucky. Beshear, who’s a former businessman, is obviously shoring up his resume for a job in the Obama administration or Clinton Global Initiative or some such Democratic entity when his term ends. He’s way above the problems of his Kentucky Democratic Party, which is taking on a new layer in its widening sexual harassment scandal.
Long-time Democratic Rep John Arnold resigned a couple of weeks ago after charges of repeated groping and such by 3 female employees of the LRC [Legislative Research Commission]. Their former boss, director Bobby Sherman resigned September 20 amid claims he pretty much told the women to lie there and think of the KY Democratic Party. After he resigned, Sherman came into the building on a Sunday and shredded documents for two hours but hey, that was nothing. Old personal junk mail, unimportant official documents. Nothing much. Just stuff that required him to reenter his former workday on a deserted Sunday – he says he was accompanied by a couple of administrators – and destroy a bunch of nothing much. [See my multiple earlier posts for more info]
Now one of the women has fingered another Democrat and accused him of harassment and retaliation when she complained. http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130925/NEWS01/309250120/2nd-Kentucky-legislator-accused-sexual-harassment The new accusation made against Rep Will Coursey [D-Symsonia] also claims he hit on multiple interns. He denies the charges,
A new little tidbit emerged in this article:
Sherman also was the subject of an anonymous complaint to legislative leaders in 2007 that accused him of having an affair with a woman on his staff.
Ugh. If these women are telling the truth, it must have been awful in Frankfort, what with Democratic legislators treating female employees as a sexist happy hunting ground and punishing anyone who dared to complain. We know this would be a national scandal all over NBC if the accused were GOP legislators but this goes beyond politics. No one should have to work under these circumstances, if true.
And Steve, you might want to look out your window and try to help your KY Dem Party before this KY Dem Sex Abuse Scandal eats up your nice little lucrative future.
[Update: I was trying so hard to make sure I got the latest and best news on the sex harassment scandal that I carelessly misspelled Gov Steve Beshear’s name. I know how it’s spelled, but I wasn’t paying attention to that.]