DAILYKENN.com -- Although the Democratic Party bus rumbled over Al Franken, the senator is expected to survive; though his political future is in doubt.
A state representative in Kentucky is not so lucky.
State Rep. Dan Johnson, 57, reportedly shot himself after being accused of being excessively friendly with a teenage girl.
That's not to excuse letting your romance out of your pants. Rather, it's to roundly condemn the notion that one is presumed guilty (ask Tavis) until proven innocent.
Considering that proving a negative is impossible, we can expect more careers — and lives — being flushed without ever knowing, or caring, if the accusers were lying.
Pseudo-feminists, no doubt, feel empowered.
From Courier-Journal ▼
Rep. Dan Johnson killed himself Wednesday night, two days after allegations surfaced that he had sexually abused a teenage girl at the church where he was a pastor.
Bullitt County Coroner David Billings said Johnson was found with a single gunshot wound to the head in an area known as River Bottoms on Greenwell Ford Road in Mount Washington.
"It is with great sadness that we have received confirmed reports of the passing of Rep. Dan Johnson this evening," House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect, said in a telephone interview Wednesday night. "Please keep his family in your prayers during this incredibly difficult time."
[ Autopsy: Rep. Dan Johnson died from self-inflicted gunshot wound ]
Johnson was accused by a woman of molesting her when she was 17 after a New Year’s party in 2012, according to a wide-ranging report published Monday by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.
When the allegations surfaced, Republican and Democratic leaders called for Johnson to resign. But at a press conference Tuesday morning, Johnson said that he wouldn't step down and that the allegations were false.
"I don't want to blast this girl, I have a lot of compassion for her," he said on Tuesday. "I'm very sorrowful that she's in this dark place in her life." Johnson — who said his wife and daughters were close to the young woman, who is now 21 — said she was a church member upset about how he spoke to the girls that night.
Around 6 p.m. Wednesday, Johnson posted to Facebook a farewell to his church followers and family.
"The accusations from NPR are false GOD and only GOD knows the truth. Nothing is the way they make it out to be ... GOD LOVES ALL PEOPLE NO MATTER WHAT," Johnson wrote.
The Facebook post was taken down later Wednesday evening.
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