Widow of KY Rep Dan Johnson, who was investigated for molesting a 17yr old in his basement, Rebecca Johnson, is going to run for his seat after his 2 days ago suicide. https://t.co/YxCGf2rgMI
— Chris #bossy McCoy (@ChrisYMcCoy) December 14, 2017
The wife of a Republican lawmaker in Kentucky who killed himself after accusations he sexually assaulted a teenage girl says she will seek to replace him in the state legislature.
Rebecca Johnson made the announcement in a news release sent to The Associated Press. Dan Johnson killed himself Wednesday night. David Adams, a political operative who worked for Dan Johnson, confirmed Rebecca Johnson’s intentions.
In the release, Rebecca Johnson referred to her husband’s death as a “high-tech lynching based on lies and half-truths.”
She may be in denial here. Johnson had a history of publicly embarrassing behavior from being everything from an outright racist to a serial fabulist with delusions of grandeur. Only the most devout media disbeliever could conclude that Johnson’s suicide was triggered by a political conspiracy against him.
The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published a story earlier this week detailing accusations that Johnson sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl in 2013. Police had investigated the matter but did not file charges. The story prompted police to re-open the investigation.
— Intl. Business Times (@IBTimes) December 14, 2017
Voters should take this opportunity to unhitch themselves from the dysfunction.