- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 28, 2002

Governor says he won't run for Senate in 2004

FRANKFORT, Ky. Gov. Paul E. Patton said yesterday he has dropped his plans to run for the Senate in 2004, a week after getting caught in a sex scandal.

"I cannot envision circumstances under which I would be a candidate," the 65-year-old Democrat said.

He repeated that he would not step down as governor. He is serving his second term and is barred under the law from running again in 2003.

Mr. Patton was hit with a sexual-harassment lawsuit last week by a nursing home operator who claims he turned regulators loose on her business after she ended their two-year relationship. The governor acknowledged having an extramarital affair with Tina Conner but denied misusing his office.

Kentucky Attorney General Ben Chandler said Thursday that his office will investigate whether any laws were violated.

Harkin blames taping of rival on staff

DES MOINES, Iowa Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin yesterday blamed an overzealous staff member for a secret tape recording of his Republican opponent and announced the resignation of his campaign manager because of the matter.

But the three-term Democrat denied he was involved in the incident and called accusations of criminality "nonsense."

At issue was the public airing of sharply worded comments made by Mr. Harkin's opponent, Republican Rep. Greg Ganske, at what was supposedly a private campaign strategy session held Sept. 3. The tape was later leaked to a newspaper reporter.

"Sometimes [staff members] can get carried away by their youthful exuberance. That is really what happened here. One youthful staffer went over the line of acceptable campaign practice," Mr. Harkin said at a news conference.

Republican Party state Chairman Chuck Larson accused Mr. Harkin's camp of planting a "spy" amid the Ganske campaign, heightening rhetoric in what is shaping up to be a tight election race.

Governor favors residency for illegal alien

DENVER Colorado Gov. Bill Owens yesterday endorsed federal legislation that would give permanent resident status to Jesus Apodaca, an 18-year-old illegal immigrant who earned top grades in high school but was unable to afford college.

Mr. Apodaca's case drew national attention earlier this month after Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, called the Immigration and Naturalization Service to ask whether it would deport the student after reading about him in the Denver Post.

Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Colorado Republican, sponsored legislation Wednesday that would allow Mr. Apodaca to stay in the country and pay in-state tuition at the University of Colorado. Mr. Owens said the Apodaca family had "contributed to our society."

Toogood charged with giving false addresses

MISHAWAKA, Ind. A woman accused of hitting her 4-year-old daughter in a beating caught on videotape was charged yesterday with giving police false addresses after her surrender.

Prosecutors expected Madelyne Gorman Toogood to turn herself in a second time, this time on a warrant charging her with false informing, a misdemeanor.

Mrs. Toogood, 25, was released on $5,000 bond earlier this week. She had turned herself in and pleaded not guilty to felony battery of a child in the Sept. 13 incident in a department store parking lot. The incident was caught on a surveillance camera and televised nationally.

Authorities say Mrs. Toogood gave them addresses for commercial mailbox businesses in Mishawaka and Elkhart, Ind., and Fort Worth, Texas.

Bond on the new charge was set at $2,000. A conviction is punishable by a maximum of six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.

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