Ex-Ky. Politico Was Losing It, Pals Say

Divorce, dad's death plagued him before attempted suicide
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2009 4:57 PM CDT
Amanda Ross, the ex-girlfriend of former state lawmaker Rep. Steve Nunn, was fatally shot in Lexington, Ky. on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/The Courier-Journal, David R. Lutman)
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(Newser) – A divorce, his father’s death, and a domestic violence order sent Steve Nunn spinning out of control, friends tell the Lexington Herald-Leader. The former Kentucky state lawmaker's attempted suicide and arrest on Friday, hours after his ex-fiancée was gunned down, were only the latest lows in a long decline. "You could tell Steve wasn't Steve a lot of times," a friend says.

Those close to Nunn say his troubles deepened after domestic assault charges prompted him to resign this spring as the state’s deputy secretary for Health and Family Services. His late ex, Amanda Ross, accused him of striking her in the face and throwing her against a lamp. "It caused Steve Nunn to lose his job," his attorney says, and "reputation and drove him to slit his wrists."