Hoover hospitalized days after resignation as House Speaker

11/10/2017 10:02 AM

Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, has been hospitalized with a heart related issue, according to a statement from House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect.

“A member of Rep. Jeff Hoover’s family has confirmed that he was admitted to a hospital for testing due to a heart related issue,” Osborne said in a statement sent to media on Friday morning. “At this time, his family requests that their privacy be respected until further information is available.”

Hoover resigned as House Speaker on Sunday after reports from the Courier-Journal citing sources that the Jamestown Republican confidentially settled a sexual harassment complaint with a member of the legislative staff.

The former House Speaker has not talked publicly since resigning the leadership post. During his press conference on Sunday, Hoover said that the relationship between he and the accuser never went beyond consensual and inappropriate messages.

Others accused of sexual harassment, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader and others, were Republican Reps. Jim DeCesare, Brian Linder and Michael Meredith.

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  • AllPainNoGain wrote on November 10, 2017 10:36 AM :

    Where did the money come from in the Hoover, et. al. settlement? You want to know why the FBI is involved, follow the money. Nick Storm, you should be investigating this as deeply as you claim to have investigated other cases. How much was it and where did it come from? Did a group of lobbyist pay for it? Did a big republican donor funnel the money to them…and if so, was it a quid pro quo? What did the lobbyist buy for the money? Did the KY Chamber pony up the money for Hoover and his gang of misfits? Somebody paid this woman for Hoover and other guys and they are no doubt waiting for the return on their investment. Follow the darn money.

  • Cat Balz wrote on November 10, 2017 05:55 PM :

    Speaking of money, if this woman received money and signed a confidentiality agreement and had anything to do with this going public there could be some liability for her.

  • Raymond Hurst wrote on November 13, 2017 07:36 AM :

    Hoover resigns his leadership position but not his elected position as Representative? That is really accepting responsibility. I am just waiting for all the Republican, Conservative/Christians to chime in with their support of Hoover and his 3 fellow Reps.

  • AllPainNoGain wrote on November 13, 2017 07:44 AM :

    Cat Balz, rumor has it that the governors office released the information, not the victim in this situation. If you pay attention at all you’ll know that you never, ever disagree with the governor. If you do, well, he has no loyalty to anyone but himself. This was a warning shot to every other legislator up in Frankfort…get on board, or get run over. There is no middle ground.

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