A month after Kentucky Senate Democrats voted to remove state Sen. Julian Carroll from his leadership position and called for his resignation, they chose his replacement for the party’s leadership late Wednesday.
State Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, will take over as minority whip for the next legislative session. The minority whip’s primary job is to keep track of how members of the party will vote on a bill.
“I am honored to take on this new role,” Parrett said. “I appreciate the importance of being part of the Democratic leadership team, especially as we work to draft a balanced budget and solve the pension crisis. I will serve my caucus as I serve my constituents and the state: to the best of my abilities.”
Democrats voted to remove Carroll, D-Frankfort, from his leadership position the day after a report in July that he propositioned and allegedly groped a 30-year-old man in 2005. He had been minority whip for two sessions.
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Carroll, 86, said he resigned because of his age and his limitation on traveling without assistance, and that the role of minority whip requires traveling to recruit new candidates. He did not mention the vote taken by his peers to remove him from the leadership position.
The senate has struggled with what to do about Carroll since the fallout from the scandal. Senate Minority Leader Ray Jones, D-Pikeville, said he would leave any decision about what to do with Carroll to Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester. Stivers has said he is reviewing the matter.
Carroll has made it clear that he won’t resign from the Senate.
Republicans outnumber Democrats in the Senate 27 to 11.