Kentucky Democratic Party "terribly concerned" by allegations against Sen. Carroll

07/23/2017 11:06 AM

UPDATED: Following an 11 month Pure Politics investigation into allegations that Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, groped and propositioned photographer Jason Geis for sex, the Kentucky Democratic Party says the events are being taken “seriously.”

Democratic Party spokesman Brad Bowman issued a statement following reporting from Pure Politics on Saturday.

“We are terribly concerned by the events described in the Pure Politics piece concerning Sen. Carroll,” Bowman said. “While we acknowledge and greatly appreciate Sen. Carroll’s life-long career of public service, we cannot overlook the severity of these allegations and take them seriously.”

The communications director for the Republican Party of Kentucky Tres Watson also commented on the report.

“While it is wrong for any individual to try and coerce another person into a sexual act, regardless of gender, what is most concerning about this allegation is that one of Frankfort’s most powerful politicians appears to have used his influence to alter an investigation,” Watson said. “Also, there is a question whether those affiliated with him may have used their influence to alter the course of the investigation.

“What matters is that it is clear that the victim feels these are the facts and his allegations deserve a further examination,” he said.

“This is an extremely disturbing case and we hope a full investigation is conducted into both the actions of Senator Carroll and whether or not Frankfort politicians used their influence to alter the path of the investigation in the aftermath,” Watson said.

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


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