Hampton, Overly Clash on Sexual Harassment Lawsuit During Debate

Sep 24, 2015

Rep. Sannie Overly (left), and Jenean Hampton
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Kentucky's major party nominees for lieutenant governor clashed over a sexual harassment scandal in their first televised debate.

Democratic nominee Sannie Overly denounced "false attacks" from Republican Matt Bevin that she turned her back on the female state workers who said they were sexually harassed by a former Democratic state lawmaker. Overly said both she and Democratic nominee for governor Jack Conway condemned the behavior and would work to change the culture in Frankfort.

Republican nominee Jenean Hampton criticized Overly for attempting to seal her testimony during the lawsuit, suggesting Overly was trying to hide something.

For the first time, two women are the major party nominees for lieutenant governor in the same election. Independent candidate Drew Curtis' running mate Heather Curtis was not invited to the debate.