FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Republican speaker of Kentucky's House of Representatives has offered to resign his leadership position more than two months after acknowledging he secretly settled a sexual harassment claim and paid to keep it quiet.
Jeff Hoover offered Monday to resign, but only if the House accepts. Moments later Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne ruled it had been accepted.
Hoover: I have never wanted to be a distraction. @WHAS11— Chris Williams (@chriswnews) January 8, 2018
Hoover denied sexual harassment but said he sent inappropriate but consensual text messages to a woman who once worked for the House Republican Caucus. In a blistering speech on the House floor, Hoover denounced his critics -- including Republican Gov. Matt Bevin -- for telling lies that he said were from the "deepest pit of Hell."
But Hoover said he didn't want to be a distraction for the House.
Hoover: the last 2 1/2 months have been difficult in every way. Let me be clear, I made a mistake. I have admitted to text messages. I did not do anything illegal. @WHAS11— Chris Williams (@chriswnews) January 8, 2018
Hoover: I did not engage in sexual harassment! @WHAS11— Chris Williams (@chriswnews) January 8, 2018
I will fight as long as I can with as much as it takes to expose those who plotted (against him): Speaker Jeff Hoover. @WHAS11— Chris Williams (@chriswnews) January 8, 2018
#BREAKING NEWS: Kentucky Speaker Jeff Hoover says he is resigning as Speaker of the House. Won't resign as State Representative.— Chris Williams (@chriswnews) January 8, 2018
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