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.

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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