Kentucky's GOP House Speaker Jeff Hoover announces resignation

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) -- Kentucky's GOP House Speaker, Jeff Hoover, announced Sunday that he is stepping down from his role.

This comes after allegations of sexual harassment involving a female aid.

On Sunday, Hoover said, "In light of what has been said and transpired in the past day or so, there is no question that moving forward in the 2018 session will be difficult. I have been convicted of sexual harassment by some without knowing all the facts, without an opportunity to even defend against “allegations,” and convicted by some without any grasp or understanding or appreciation for the law."

He went on to say, "I am announcing my resignation as Speaker of the House, effective immediately. I will continue to serve as State Representative for the people of the 83rd District and represent them to the very best of my ability. I will continue to work hard to solve problems facing this state, and speak out when necessary."

In a statement from Kentucky House Speaker Pro Tempore David Osborne, he says that, "As of now, I (Osborne) am the acting Speaker of the House and we'll follow constitutional and legal protocols regarding House leadership in the future."

Hoover's speech on Sunday came after Governor Bevin released a statement on Saturday saying, "Any elected official or state employee who has settled a sexual harassment claim should resign immediately."

Hoover responded on Saturday, saying Bevin had only accepted one side of the story and that he had "no plans to resign."

However, the next day on Sunday afternoon, Hoover did announce his resignation.



 
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