Kentucky GOP spokeswoman suspended after DUI arrest

jbrammer@herald-leader.comJuly 29, 2013 

Jail mug of Kelsey Cooper, spokeswoman for the Republican Party of Kentucky, who was arrested Saturday night in Lexington for driving under the influence.

FRANKFORT — The spokeswoman for the Republican Party of Kentucky has been placed on a two-week unpaid suspension after being arrested Saturday night in Lexington for driving under the influence, state GOP chairman Steve Robertson said Monday.

"She obviously made a mistake and she knows that," Robertson said of Kelsey Christine Cooper, 23. "I hope she learns a valuable lesson from this. She has been an important part of our team. We'll just go from here."

Cooper, who was hired by the Republican Party this year, was arrested by Lexington police.

A citation issued to Cooper says she stopped her Camaro in the middle of East Sixth Street near Mustang Crossing at 11:10 p.m. and approached police officers to say she was lost and needed directions home. When officers saw that she was confused, unsteady on her feet and crying, Cooper told them she had left a bar where she had consumed three vodka drinks, according to the citation.

She failed multiple field sobriety checks and a Breathalyzer test, which showed her blood alcohol level at 0.184, according to the citation. It is illegal in Kentucky to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher.

Lexington-Fayette Urban County jail records show that Cooper was released Sunday. She is to be arraigned Aug. 1 in Fayette District Court.

Cooper did not respond to emails or phone messages about the arrest.

Cooper is from Los Angeles. She worked as a communications desk coordinator for the 2012 Romney for President campaign and worked with Meg Whitman's unsuccessful campaign for governor of California in 2010.

Cooper, a former intern at Fox News Channel, is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

Reporter Greg Kocher contributed to this story. Jack Brammer: (502) 227-1198. Twitter: @BGPolitics. Blog:

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