Patton Denies Allegations

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Governor Patton has personally denied allegations by the owner of a struggling nursing home in western Kentucky that they had a sexual affair.

Tina Conner has alleged that Patton turned state regulators loose on her facility after she broke off a sexual relationship with him.

Wednesday in Louisville, the governor said that (what he termed) “the full truth'' will come out. He says his conduct has been appropriate. Patton denied the allegations in a written statement Tuesday in response to a report. He acknowledged knowing Tina Conner and her husband, Seth Conner, for a number of years but denied any inappropriate contact with her.

He called the accusations “acts of desperation'' from someone facing numerous legal and financial problems. Tina Conner is a member of the state lottery board. The Conners are co-owners of Birchtree Healthcare, a nursing home in Clinton.

The nursing home was fined more than $16,000 by the Cabinet for Health Services after an inspection in December last year. Inspectors said the facility was dangerously understaffed.