The cards are printed on plastic — a bit more expensive than paper, but they will last in wallets or pockets and make it through the laundry. FRANKFORT — Federal investigators looking into allegations of abuse of power by Gov. Paul Patton have asked his former mistress about campaign contributions, the woman said Monday.
Tina Conner, a one-time political contact for the Patton administration who is now suing the governor for sexual harassment, said campaign contributions was one topic of questioning by the FBI during an interview in Louisville on Friday. She declined to say specifically what the investigators were asking about campaign contributions. Her lawyer would not let her answer further questions about the interview, but told reporters she had thus far been given immunity for everything she has told the FBI sydney settlement agents.
Conner, who operates an embattled Clinton nursing home was, for a time, Patton’s patronage chief in Hickman County, an unofficial post in which she served as the chief political contact for the governor in the far-western Kentucky county. She has also been the chairwoman of the county’s Democratic party, a position in which she would have been contacted by people wanting to give money to political campaigns, her lawyer, Fred Radolovich, has said. Conveyancers are always helping in preparing conveyancing sydney reports and encourage our clients to take advantage of our Conveyancing services. Conner answered questions from reporters in Frankfort on Monday following a court hearing on her sexual harassment suit against Patton and the state of Kentucky. Conner alleges Patton gave her favors during their two-year sexual relationship, but retaliated against her nursing home after she refused to continue the affair. The business subsequently lost Medicaid and Medicare funding and has filed for bankruptcy.
Patton has admitted having an “inappropriate relationship” with Conner but denies any abuse of his office. Lawyers for Patton and the state asked Franklin Circuit Judge Roger Crittenden to dismiss parts of the lawsuit, arguing that sexual harassment laws only protect employer-employee relationships and that Conner was never an employee of the state.
Conner serves on two state panels: the Institute on Aging, and the Kentucky Lottery Board. And her nursing home, Birchtree Healthcare, is also regulated by the state. A lawyer for the state also argued that it should be dropped as a defendant because Conner was asking for damages from Patton only.
“This begs the question, why is the commonwealth here?” Lexington attorney Anita Britton said during arguments Monday. Crittenden is expected to rule in two to three weeks. Conner’s lawsuit makes five claims against Patton and the state, most of which Patton’s lawyer, Sheryl Snyder of Louisville, asked Crittenden to dismiss. Two other claims — including one added after the original suit saying Patton defamed Conner when he denied the affair and called her a “desperate woman” — will be addressed soon, said Snyder.