Second Ky. lawmaker resigns after ethics complaints


by WHAS11

Posted on September 21, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 21 at 8:40 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) – A second state lawmaker has quit on the heels of ethics complaints.

The director of Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Bobby Sherman resigned Friday.

The two women who filed harassment complaints against former Representative John Arnold worked under Sherman and said he tried to brush the situation under the rug.
The women's lawyer, Thomas Clay, told WHAS11 he believes Sherman resigned so he would not have to answer questions about the LRC’s knowledge of Arnold’s misconduct.

Clay says the problem goes beyond Arnold and that it’s a culture created in the capital.

He's compiling complaints from other staffers and even interns against several other elected officials.

“I know from talking to several LRC staff members that they are totally afraid of saying anything because they can be fired for any reason, but they also run the risk of retaliation if they speak up,” Clay said.

Clay says one woman who did speak up about a legislator’s inappropriate comments to an intern has already experienced retaliation.

Clay is hoping to bring more litigation on this matter within the next few weeks.

Arnold resigned from his position on September 13.