Central Kentucky ministers call for Jeff Hoover to resign as Speaker

01/05/2018 12:32 PM

FRANKFORT – Two central Kentucky church pastors have gone on record requesting that embattled Speaker of the House Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, resign his position as Speaker in light of him admitting to settling a claim against him brought by a female staffer in Nov. of 2017.

Rev. Hershael York, Pastor at Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, who gave the invocation before the start of Friday’s House session, and Rev. Jeff Fugate, of Clays Mill Baptist Church in Lexington, stated that for the good of the body and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Hoover should resign his Speaker position immediately.

York believes that enough evidence exists to make it very difficult for Hoover to lead the House.

“I think as a public servant, he’s held to a high standard of public trust, and i think there’s enough evidence that that has been violated that it compromises his ability to serve in that role,” York said.

While York wants Hoover to resign as Speaker now, he doesn’t necessarily want to exclude him from ever being able to return to that position sometime down the road.

“I think when people see genuine repentance, I believe in restoration, I believe that can happen,” York said. “I have every confidence that Rep. Hoover can continue to serve, but I do believe that there needs to be a time when, you know, you’ve messed up, there comes a time when you have to say I’m here merely to serve.”

Fugate agreed with York saying as a result of Hoover’s confidential sexual harassment settlement, the Speaker has lost his ability to lead the conducting of business in the chamber.

“He has lost the leadership ability, and the discussion in the state has changed to become about him rather than the business that we have, and there’s so many unanswered questions,” Fugate said.

York stated that there “five or six” other ministers of prominent churches in the central Kentucky area, who agree that Hoover should resign his position as Speaker.


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