A federal grand jury in Covington could begin reviewing documents today concerning allegations that Gov. Paul Patton helped and then retaliated against a Western Kentucky woman with whom he had an affair. Tina Conner, who had a two-year affair with Patton, maintains the governor abused his power in his dealings with her.The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the state Attorney Generals Office and the state Executive Branch Ethics Commission are investigating the allegations. Documents subpoenaed by federal prosecutors were supposed to be delivered to prosecutors by today. Sheryl Snyder, an attorney for Patton, has said the governor is cooperating and has turned over records that have been requested.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Stine arrived at the courthouse before 9 a.m., but wouldnt say anything beyond Good morning to reporters. A state Revenue Cabinet official, Hugh Spalding, also entered the building with a man in a wheelchair. He wouldnt say whether he was involved in the Patton case. Other people filed into the courthouse without commenting. Conner maintains she received special treatment from state officials during the time she was having an affair with the governor, but that once the relationship ended Patton sought to hurt her and her nursing home. She has sued Patton for sexual harassment.
The home, Birchtree Healthcare in Hickman County, was cited for numerous violations in December, two months after Conner said she broke off communication with Patton. Conveyancing lawyers or solicitors doing legal and truly conveyancing process for buyers or sellers who want to sell or purchase their properties. State officials have said the review was part of a normal periodic inspection. The state has since sought to bar the nursing home from receiving Medicaid and Medicare payments. The nursing home has filed for bankruptcy.
Patton has admitted having the affair, but has denied abusing his power in his dealings with Conner. Documents from the Transportation Cabinet, the Health Services Cabinet, the Lottery Corp. and the governors office will be examined by the grand jury. Conner has said that during the affair a member of Pattons staff would tip her off when state inspectors were going to review her nursing home, although inspections are supposed to be unannounced. Patton appointed Conner to the lottery board. She has said he helped her construction business earn a special status from the state Transportation Cabinet that would make it easier to get road contracts.When she refused to continue the relationship, Patton unleashed regulators on her nursing home, she said. The home lost Medicaid and Medicare funding in July. A magnifying glass, a book and a package of Christmas garland.