Lawmaker who ran for governor pleads not guilty to charges

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky lawmaker who ran for governor last year has pleaded not guilty after he was accused of choking a woman with an ethernet cable and trying to “hog tie” her during a domestic dispute. Attorney Conrad Cessna told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Monday that Republican state Rep. Robert Goforth denied the allegations. He is charged with strangulation, assault and terroristic threatening. Goforth was arrested on April 21 after a woman told authorities that he assaulted her while three small children were in the home. Goforth won nearly 40% of the vote among Kentucky Republicans in his primary challenge of then-Gov. Matt Bevin last year.