Eight GOP members file complaint seeking expulsion of Hoover

01/03/2018 05:25 PM

Eight Republican members of the House of Representatives are using a new rule to investigate and possibly expel Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, after he refused to step down from leadership — despite a promise to do so in November.

Rep. Phil Moffett, R-Louisville, told Pure Politics that the members “feel like we have a duty and responsibility to discipline our members.”

The complaint utilizes a new House rule to form a committee to investigate the actions of Hoover, who admitted to settling a claim against him brought by a female staffer in Nov. of 2017.

In total there are 6 complaints levied against Hoover, including sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.

Download the complaint here: ChargesMember83 for Form.docx

The Representatives signing the letter include: Reps. Addia Wuchner, Kim King, Russell Webber, Stan Lee, Robert Benvenuti, Tim Moore, Joe Fischer and Moffett.

Under the new rules Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell and Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins would appoint three members each to form a committee chaired by Rep. Jerry Miller, R-Louisville, to investigate the claims. Miller is a non-voting member unless there is a tie vote.

Moffett told Pure Politics hope process is efficient, public and moves quickly.

Three other members of the legislature: Rep. Brian Linder, Michael Meredith and Jim DeCesare have also been mentioned in news reports as taking part in the settlement with the staffer.

Moffett said that the group thought inappropriate to name all four members in the complaint, adding the move by the group was a starting point.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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