Kentucky Democrats have taken their war on women to a new low. Rep. John Arnold was forced to resign last year from sexual harassment allegations by three LRC employees. House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, appointed a five member panel, consisting of Reps. Arnold Simpson, D-Covington, Rita Smart, D-Richmond, Jeff Donohue, D-Louisville, Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, and Robert Benvenuti, R-Lexington, to investigate the charges. But the three Democrats on the panel voted in lock step to squelch the hearing of any evidence in the investigation and the committee shut down after 5 months.
LRC Director Bobby Sherman resigned not long after the investigation began and was investigated and later cleared by KSP of shredding documents in his office after his resignation.
Now Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate has ordered that the LRC must “supplement the vague discovery responses” it has given attorney Thomas Clay, who is representing the ladies bringing the charges against Arnold.
As if this isn’t enough for Democratic leadership to juggle during a critical election cycle, Democratic candidate John Wayne Smith, has been indicted on a charge of failing to report sexual abuse against a minor while he was director of the Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy. Smith is currently running against Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Brownsville. Democratic leaders have called on Smith to withdraw from the race.
Perhaps Democrats in Kentucky should be a little more careful of throwing stones labeled “War on Women” while they try to cling to their glass house majority.