The widow of Kentucky lawmaker Dan Johnson, who committed suicide Wednesday amid allegations of sexual assault and calls for his resignation, intends to run for his now-empty seat.
“These high-tech lynchings and half truths can’t be allowed to win the day,” Johnson’s wife of 30 years continued. “I’ve been fighting behind my husband for thirty years and his fight will go on.”
Johnson's troubles began after the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting released a lengthy report detailing numerous aspects of his life that were either false, misleading, criminal, or mysterious.
News media focused on an allegation of the sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl contained within the report, which was the basis of Johnson's colleagues' insistence he step down.
Johnson's widow is not the only individual to voice interest in running for the seat:
Hours earlier, eighth-grade history teacher Jennifer Baird Faith filed paperwork to run for Kentucky’s 49th House District.