Republican Party's spokeswoman suspended after DUI arrest

07/29/2013 09:01 AM

The spokeswoman for the Republican Party of Kentucky will be suspended for two weeks without pay but will remain on staff after being arrested over the weekend in Lexington on charges of driving while intoxicated.

Steve Robertson, chairman for the Republican Party, told Pure Politics that Kelsey Cooper will remain on staff after the incident but that she has been placed on a two-week unpaid suspension.

“She obviously made a mistake and she knows that,” Robertson said. “She’s a valuable part of the team and it is unfortunate when someone makes a bad choice. We’ve taken action to make that a little more real.”

WKYT first reported the details of Cooper’s arrest. The Lexington based news station reports that Cooper approached officers asking for directions.

Police say she left her car and walked up to the officers, saying that she was lost. We’re told the officers could smell alcohol on her, and she failed to pass a field sobriety test when they performed it.

Cooper joined the Kentucky Republican Party as communications director in April as part of “Team Kentucky 2014” helping to lay the groundwork to help with U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election and capturing legislative seats.

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