Rebecca Johnson, right, the widow of Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson, announced she will be running for his seat. The lawmaker committed suicide Wednesday following sexual assault allegations from Maranda Richmond, left. (Facebook/Screengrab/Fox News)
Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson killed himself on Wednesday amid the bombshell report of accusations of sexual assault.
Now, his wife announced Thursday that she would pursue her husband’s seat, saying “his fight will go on.”
Dan Johnson, a preacher and a Republican, committed suicide Wednesday on a bridge in Mt. Washington, according to Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell. The coroner confirmed that Johnson died of a single gunshot wound to the head, and the weapon was found near the 57-year-old’s body, Fox News reports.
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The statement from Johnson’s widow, Rebecca, said she was running for the position because “these high-tech lynchings based on lies and half-truths can’t be allowed to win the day.”
“Dan is gone but the story of his life is far from over,” she said.
His death occurred just days after the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published a detailed set of allegations from a woman who claimed that Johnson sexually assaulted her when she was 17.
The lawmaker denied the accusations on Tuesday, calling them “totally false.” He said they were part of a nationwide strategy for defeating conservative Republicans, referencing claims also made against Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
But the next day, Johnson posted an ominous message on his Facebook page, part of which prompted his family to report him missing, the sheriff said Thursday. In the post, he asked for people to take care of his wife and wrote that post-traumatic stress disorder “is a sickness that will take my life, I cannot handle it any longer. It has won this life, BUT HEAVEN IS MY HOME.”
The post appears to have been removed.
The woman who made the accusations against Dan Johnson, Maranda Richmond, said she attended a New Year’s Eve party at his house in 2012. She reportedly fell asleep on the couch, and in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2013, claimed she woke up to him kneeling over her and alleged he assaulted her. Richmond said that she reported the episode but Louisville police closed the case without charges. The case has since been reopened.
This is getting out of control.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!