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Governor Matt Bevin Demands Resignations Over Sexual Harassment

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) - Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover says he will not resign, after Governor Matt Bevin called for anyone involved in sexual harrassment allegations or who has settled an issue of that nature to resign. 

The governor made the announcement at an unusual Saturday afternoon press conference. 

GOP leadership is investigating a report that Hoover settled a sexual harassment claim with one of his staffers outside of court. He did not identify any names when calling for resignations, but house representative Phil Moffett tells Wave 3 News that three other committee chairmen implicated are Michael Meredith, Brian Linder and Jim Decesare.

The governor's office released an official statement shortly after the press conference:

"These alleged actions, which haven’t been denied, are reprehensible, indefensible and unacceptable. Any elected official or state employee who has settled a sexual harassment claim should resign immediately," said Gov. Bevin. "The people of Kentucky deserve better. We appropriately demand a high level of integrity from our leaders, and will tolerate nothing less in our state."

Speaker Hoover responded with a statement of his own: "I am disappointed that our Governor in his press conference Saturday afternoon would call not only for my resignation but the resignation of other individuals who have no involvement in this matter.   The Governor has yet to ask our side of the story, he and I have not spoken since the story broke, and I did not receive a courtesy call from him before his grandstanding today.   Instead, he has accepted as fact only, one side of the story.

"In effect, the Governor seeks to be judge, jury, and executioner without hearing the evidence.  One must wonder why he is so motivated to attack us unless his goal is to remove a voice that dares on occasion to disagree with him as I have done when he has made unnecessary statements attacking our teachers, state workers and retirees who are simply looking for better solutions to very serious problems facing our state."

"I have no plans to resign.  I am more resolved than ever to continue my work as Speaker thru the 2018 session and I will continue to speak out for all Kentuckians on issues of importance. I do support the request by Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne and majority leadership for an independent review of this entire series of events and look forward to the results of that review."

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