House District 13 seat still in limbo

Hours before Kentucky lawmakers are to be sworn in, the lawyer for a Democratic representative in a contested election filed a request to reject House Republican’s denial of his swearing-in.

In a six-page memorandum to members of the Kentucky House leadership and their general counsel, Paul Salamanca, attorney Anna Whites sets up the defense of Democrat Jim Glenn’s electoral win in November. Glenn, D-Owensboro, defeated DJ Johnson, R-Owensboro, by one vote on Election Day. House GOP leadership had said it will not allow Glenn to be sworn in today, but House Speaker David Osborne said on “Kentucky Tonight” last night that Glenn will be allowed to take his seat, tweeted Kentucky Public Radio’s Ryland Barton.

Whites says the use of public funds to defend Johnson in an election contest is irregular.

“The House Majority and the Speaker are abusing the trust of the voters and taking public monies to support blatantly political action,” Whites wrote.

Laura Leigh Goins, spokeswoman for the House Republican majority, said leadership will address the matter in a legal, ethical and appropriate manner.

“We will continue to follow the requirements of the Kentucky Constitution and statutes as they apply to contested House seats,” she said.

In a show of solidarity, Democratic House members plan to walk with Glenn to the House chamber to be sworn in at noon.