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Tennessee's lieutenant governor speaks out on Stanley sex scandal

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-TV) - One day after the intern involved in a sex scandal with state Senator Paul Stanley broke her silence, Tennessee's lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey is calling the senator's treatment of McKensie Morrison inappropriate.
Stanley admitted to the affair that led to an extortion plot and his ultimate resignation from the Senate.
In a Friday interview with WSMV, Morrison said her professional relationship with Stanley gradually turned into a personal one. She said she was frequently asked to pick up dry cleaning, clean his apartment, and take his car to get washed.

"That is an inappropriate use of interns, and I'll say that anytime and anywhere," said Ramsey. "Obviously, the interns are there to help us through the legislative process, to do research. I've been a legislator for 17 years and I've never asked an intern to do that."

The lieutenant governor says it may be necessary to actually put in writing what duties lawmakers can and can't ask interns to perform.

"That's a real possibility. Those are the kinds of things that do need to be put in writing," said Ramsey. "Let me assure you, to put in writing that you shouldn't have an affair with your intern shouldn't be in writing. That should be in your heart. That should be in your gut. You should know better than that."

Ramsey has drawn criticism for not publicly calling for Stanley's resignation. But he says he was heavily-involved in making sure it happened. 

"I was working more behind the scenes to make sure it happened, and in the end the right thing happened," he said.

Stanley is scheduled to step down August 10th.

A date has not yet been set for the special election to fill his seat in the senate.


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