Attorney General Andy Beshear says focus should be on the victim in House sexual harassment allegations

11/06/2017 02:55 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says that attention needs to focus on the victim, not politics, in wake of a confidential sexual harassment settlement which led to Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, resigning from his position as Speaker of the House.

Beshear said that too much of the coverage is politically focused, while his office wants to take a victim centered approach.

“At least the allegations suggest that there is a victim out there who was either led to believe or told that she needed to engage in sexually explicit texts or talk to further her career,” Beshear said. “That is wrong. It shouldn’t occur anywhere, in any workplace, at any time.”

Beshear believes that the House situation is the latest reminder of a big problem in the Commonwealth of Kentucky which needs attention, and that is sexual abuse of all kinds.

“We in Kentucky have a rape culture, nearly one in two Kentucky women will be subjected to some form of sexual violence in their lifetime and that’s before we even get to harassment,” Beshear said. “We have a problem in Kentucky and across this country, and the fact that people are being more vocal, that people are being held accountable, is a good thing.”

Beshear’s office is also keeping a close eye on any possible whistleblower retaliation in the House situation.

“There has not been enough transparency in this situation, so we’re closely monitoring any or all information that comes out,” Beshear said.

Another area Beshear is closely monitoring is the pension reform bill which has taken a back seat in recent days due to the House investigation.

The Attorney General believes that the bill, in its current form, will not work and if adopted, could and will likely cause his office to take legal action.

“We will analyze any pension bill that’s put forward and pension bill which breaks the promise and breaks the inviolable contract, whoever passes that should expect lawsuits from many places, including this office,” Beshear said.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at



  • Heza Putz wrote on November 07, 2017 07:59 AM :

    A rape culture? One in two women subjected to “sexual violence”? I’m sorry, but count me as leery of such “facts”.

  • Geoff Young for Congress wrote on November 07, 2017 08:10 AM :

    In a Franklin Circuit Court case in 2015, I alleged that AG Andy Beshear’s predecessor, AG Jack Conway (D), rigged and stole the Democratic primary for Governor from me. On 4/1/15, in open court, I told Judge Thomas Wingate that I thought Conway & his alleged fellow conspirators in the KDP (Ky Dem Party) should spend some time in prison for their crime.

    When Andy Beshear replaced Conway after winning the election for AG, I tried to report this alleged crime to him. He refused to meet with me. His staffers told me that no Democrat had broken any of Kentucky’s election laws in 2015, and that no prosecutor in Kentucky could possibly convince any jury that they did. My conclusion is that AG Andy Beshear has been covering up the worst election fraud in Ky history between the day he went to Frankfort on 1/4/16 until the present day. Young Andy should be in federal prison along with Conway, Alison L. Grimes, Sannie Overly, and several other alleged election-rigging, election-stealing Democrats.

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