Kentucky lawmaker who ran for governor faces strangulation, assault charges

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky lawmaker who ran for governor last year has been arrested on charges of strangulation and assault.

State Rep. Robert Goforth was arrested by the Laurel County sheriff’s office Tuesday.

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Goforth is charged with strangulation, fourth-degree assault and terroristic threatening.

No attorney was listed for him on a jail’s website.

According to the citation, the alleged victim told authorities she fled after Goforth made several attempts to “hog tie her.” It says Goforth allegedly strangled her with an ethernet cable.

Goforth won nearly 40 percent of the vote among Kentucky Republicans in his primary challenge of then-Gov. Matt Bevin last year.