Kentucky House Speaker stands down following sexual harassment claim.

Written by on November 6, 2017

Jeff Hoover, Kentucky House Speaker stepped down last week Sunday after admitting he settled harassment claims from one of his staffers last month.

He denied harassing his staff member sexually, but said he sent inappropriate text messages that were consensual. Hoover’s wife and two of his three daughters were in the room as he spoke.

“I engaged in banter that was consensual but make no mistake it was wrong on my part to do that. And for that, I am truly sorry,” Hoover said. “I want to reiterate that at no time at no time did I engage in unwelcome or unwanted conduct of any kind.”

Hoover’s resignation came a day after Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, also a Republican, called for “the immediate resignation of every individual who has settled a sexual harassment case, who is party to trying to hide this type of behavior.”

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