Fmr. Bevin staffer, daughter of lawmaker says she was sent inappropriate messages by Rep. Meredith

11/30/2017 11:23 AM

The daughter of Rep. Wesley Morgan, R-Richmond, told Pure Politics on Wednesday that she was sexually harassed by Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Oakland, during her time working in the Capitol.

Jordan Morgan, who is the former Deputy Press Secretary for Gov. Matt Bevin and now a lawyer in Northern Kentucky, sent Pure Politics three images she says shows Meredith did sexually harass her; she says others currently working in the General Assembly have also been harassed by members of both the Republican and Democratic Party. Morgan said there were also texts between she and Meredith, but those text messages were not saved on her phone.

In the messages sent to Morgan from Meredith in 2016, Meredith comments on Morgan’s looks and tells her that 5’10” can “probably get everything I need done.”

Meredith also called her “beauty” in another message sent through social media at nearly 4:00 AM after Bevin won the governor’s mansion — Morgan worked on Bevin’s campaign in 2015. Morgan told Pure Politics that Meredith tried to kiss her the evening that Bevin won the election.

Pure Poltics reached out to Meredith for a comment but did not get an immediate response.

In a phone conversation with Pure Politics on Wednesday, Morgan said that harassment “runs rampant throughout the legislature.” She also said that harassment is difficult to deal with in the General Assembly, because the last thing many staffers want to do is make things awkward with sitting lawmakers, and she said many want to get along with lawmakers and not upset them.

Morgan said she was forced to laugh off instances of harassment to maintain her status in the Capitol.

Morgan is calling on all members who took part in the settlement with the staffer to resign immediately.

Meredith is one of four lawmakers implicated in a sexual harassment settlement with a former House staffer. Three others include former House Speaker Jeff Hoover, who resigned days after a Courier-Journal report citing the settlement. Others accused of sexual harassment, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader were Republican Reps. Jim DeCesare, and Brian Linder.

Morgan said she had never been sexually harassed by Bevin, or anyone working in the Governor’s office. She called the administration “extremely professional.”

Rep. Morgan also alleged the harassment took place when speaking to a radio host on Wednesday afternoon. Morgan called on Hoover to resign during the interview, and alluded to the harassment of his daughter.

“My daughter worked in the Governor’s office the same time I was in the legislature or in the session, and she had informed me of a few situations about texting, and so forth that involved her,” he said. “What you’ve got to look at is the biggest question is someone who is subordinate of someone else.”

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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  • Ricky Lee Williams Jr. wrote on November 30, 2017 03:45 PM :

    Rep. Michael Meredith needs to be put on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, immediately. There better be a lot more to this than stuff like what we have above. Now people, there is real sexual harassment that women do face in the work place. This right here isn’t it. I will let everyone judge for themselves, but to put Rep. Meredith through the ringer over this, if this is the purity test, well then honey, there will never be another male run for office again.

    I said, years ago, what was going on in Frankfort would come back to look like the movie The Devil’s Advocate, with Al Pacino. I didn’t know how right I was or how soon this would all play out. RL

  • gnatbevin wrote on November 30, 2017 03:56 PM :

    So what about the sex video that she made of herself and another woman that she texted to many people, including everyone she knew at the capitol ? Look at her social media and you will see that she was out to get people. She is capitalizing on the current wave to help herself. Can’t harass the willing. Look at this… https://twitter.com/GnatBevin/status/936317974256017410 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10212018772123579&set=pb.1201830021.-2207520000.1512075028.&type=3&theater

  • gnatbevin wrote on November 30, 2017 03:56 PM :

    So what about the sex video that she made of herself and another woman that she texted to many people, including everyone she knew at the capitol ? Look at her social media and you will see that she was out to get people. She is capitalizing on the current wave to help herself. Can’t harass the willing. Look at this… https://twitter.com/GnatBevin/status/936317974256017410 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10212018772123579&set=pb.1201830021.-2207520000.1512075028.&type=3&theater

  • gnatbevin wrote on November 30, 2017 03:58 PM :

    So what about the sex video that she made of herself and another woman that she texted to many people, including everyone she knew at the capitol ? Look at her social media and you will see that she was out to get people. She is capitalizing on the current wave to help herself. Can’t harass the willing. Look at this… https://twitter.com/GnatBevin/status/936317974256017410 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10212018772123579&set=pb.1201830021.-2207520000.1512075028.&type=3&theater

  • Cat Balz wrote on November 30, 2017 05:52 PM :

    Allow me to quote Jordan Morgan from a letter she wrote to the Richmond Register….. “I can hear it now. You voted for Trump! You can not be against sexual harassment liberals will cry. Let me stop you right there. First of all, quit comparing sexual harassment to vulgar sexual comments. Both are reprehensible but sexual harassment is illegal. So no, President Trump making distasteful comments about women is not the same as sexual harassment.” Case dismissed your honor.

  • Cat Balz wrote on November 30, 2017 05:52 PM :

    Allow me to quote Jordan Morgan from a letter she wrote to the Richmond Register….. “I can hear it now. You voted for Trump! You can not be against sexual harassment liberals will cry. Let me stop you right there. First of all, quit comparing sexual harassment to vulgar sexual comments. Both are reprehensible but sexual harassment is illegal. So no, President Trump making distasteful comments about women is not the same as sexual harassment.” Case dismissed your honor.

  • AllPainNoGain wrote on December 01, 2017 09:42 AM :

    RL, in a post a few days ago you eluded to the dark underbelly of the coup currently taking place in Frankfort from within the republican party…this story is just one more example of the witch hunt taking place to disenfranchise any republican who has any disagreement with the Governor (even in private because no one has really seemed to challenge Bevin in public). It is sending a loud and clear message to any sitting republican that if you don’t get on board with Bevin, then you will be exiled from the party. Look for a Bevin republican to file to run against every single one of those legislators and you can expect that Bevin will stump for the challengers.

  • Heza Putz wrote on December 01, 2017 11:59 AM :

    Gee thanks gnatbevin. I broke my keyboard trying to type all that. My hunch is that Morgan is the type of girl who takes greater offence when men don’t compliment her looks than when they do. But, hey, I’m just an old, harmless horndog. Just this morning I told a pretty young waitress that she revved my old engine almost as much as the coffee she was pouring, and she laughed and said there ain’t anything wrong with dreaming, honey, but the coffee is all you’re getting.

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