Former Kentucky lawmaker Steve Nunn, the son of former Republican Kentucky Governor Louie Nunn, was charged today with violating a protective order taken against him by Amanda Ross, another Kentucky state employee and former girlfriend. Amanda Ross was found dead in her downtown Lexington apartment at 6:36 a.m. Ross had been shot to death. Steve Nunn was found 130 miles southwest of Lexington in a Barren County cemetery, suffering from what Kentucky State Police spokesman Lt. David Jude called “self-inflicted wounds.” The Huffington Post reported that Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton said Nunn had slit his wrists. He was treated at a Bowling Green hospital, where he is listed in stable condition, and has not been charged with the slaying of Amanda Ross, although Ross’ death is being treated as a homicide.
ABC News reported that the Fayette County Coroner’s Office have determined that Amanda Ross, 29, died of a fatal gunshot and that she died as a result of homicide. She had been found shot in the parking lot outside her residence.
Steve Nunn, 57, spent 15 years in the Kentucky state House of Representatives before losing a reelection bid in 2006. He also unsuccessfully ran for governor of Kentucky in 2003. Steve Nunn went to work for the state government in 2007 as deputy secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. He resigned in March after being arrested for domestic violence for allegedly slapping Amanda Ross.
A protective order was subsequently issued against Steve Nunn.
Amanda Ross was employed by the state as well. She worked for the Kentucky Department of Insurance.
All in all, it has been a pretty bad week for the GOP. Orange County Assemblyman Michael Duvall was caught on videotape (complete with audio) bragging about his alleged sexual exploits with two women who were not his wife. Both of those women also happened to be lobbyists and one of them was a lobbyist for a utility company, a conflict of interest in that Michael Duvall also is vice chairman of the Orange County Utilities and Commerce Commission. Duvall denies having any affairs, despite the audiotaped conversation.
Wednesday evening, during President Obama’s speech on health care reform to the nation, South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson yelled, “You lie!” His outburst and utter breach of political decorum caused an outpouring of condemnation on the 5-term Congressman from both major political parties. He subsequently issued a public apology and called the president to personally apologize, which President Obama accepted.
In Friday’s incident in Kentucky, Lt. David Jude said that the Kentucky State Police were working in concert with local authorities “to determine if there’s any connection with Mr. Nunn in the homicide.”