A candidate for state senate in south central Kentucky has withdrawn from the race less than a week after announcing his bid.
Troy Brooks had filed to run against Senator Mike Wilson of Bowling Green in the Republican primary. That was last Monday, and by Friday, he had withdrawn from the race. His past was likely the reason.
The Daily News first reported that the former attorney, now businessman, was indicted in 2005 on charges of theft and disbarred in Tennessee. The case arose from the misappropriation of about $185,000 from clients. Brooks did not return multiple calls from WKU Public Radio.
According to a 2008 judgment from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee, Brooks pleaded guilty to four charges of theft over $10,000, while some other charges were dismissed. Brooks, however, told the newspaper he did not plead guilty and that his record was expunged. He explained that the charges were not the result of theft, but misunderstandings and disputes over fees.
“Our Republican Party does not need a hard fought or potentially divisive primary,” Brooks stated in a news release. “I will be supporting Senator Mike Wilson in his re-election efforts.”