The wife of Kentucky state lawmaker Dan Johnson, who took his life on Wednesday following allegations that he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl, declared this week that she plans to run for his vacant seat and referred to his death as a "high-tech lynching".
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.
Referring to her husband's death as a "high-tech lynching based on lies and half-truths," Johnson castigated the journalists behind the release of the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting story detailing numerous oddities about her husband's life, including the sexual assault allegation.
“I am confident if that little greasy reporter had not done what he did my husband would be alive right now.”
KYCIR released a statement saying multiple attempts were made over the course of its seven-month investigation to talk with Johnson about their findings, but he declined each time. His wife disagreed:
"I'm gonna be nice, but that's bullshit. And you know, these guys do not represent out values, so how can they even be fair?"