Sen. Carroll skips Gallatin Co. check presentation

07/25/2017 12:55 PM

Embattled Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, skipped a check presentation in Gallatin County on Monday.

Carroll, who represents all of Anderson, Franklin, Gallatin, Owen and Woodford, sent an email to the Gallatin County Health Department on Monday sending his regrets for not attending a check presentation to complete a local walking trail.

The Frankfort Senator has not made any public comments or appearances since Pure Politics revealed an exclusive investigation into hidden recordings made in 2005 of Carroll propositioning photographer Jason Geis, 30 years old at the time, for sex.

The photographer was seeking Carroll’s help getting into art school, he said. Carroll told the photographer in the recording he wanted to help get him into the school. A Kentucky State Police investigation into the matter ended two weeks after Carroll changed his story about the meeting.

The Senate Democratic Caucus voted to remove Carroll from his leadership position as minority whip on Sunday. Democrats have called on Carroll to resign his Kentucky State Senate seat, immediately.

On Monday, Carroll was scheduled to be part of a presentation of a check from Nucor to support a local walking trail. The Gallatin Co. Collaboration for Better Health & Safety is trying to improve access to physical activity.

Dianne Coleman with the Gallatin Co. Health Department said Sen. Carroll “sent his regrets” in an email adding that “he had a prior commitment.”

Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford, Gallatin Co. Judge Executive Ken McFarland, and Warsaw Mayor Nelson Brown also attended the event, Coleman said.

The walking trail project will begin Sept. 5 and is expected to be completed within 30 days.

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