Hoover resigns as House Speaker with fiery floor speech condemning Gov. Bevin and others

01/08/2018 04:44 PM

For a second time, Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, has resigned as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

On Monday, Hoover made an impassioned speech from the House Floor condemning characterizations made against him by Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, and others — seemingly pointing to House Republican Communication Director Daisy Olivo who alleges that a female colleague took part in a “sexual relationship” with Hoover.

Hoover, said that he never had sex with the former staffer, and that both Bevin and the staffer, who he said was smirking as he spoke, were telling “lies from hell.”

The Republican ended his speech submitting his formal resignation as Speaker of the House to the body for their consideration.

“I hear by resign as Speaker of the House, to become effective, if accepted by the members of this body,” Hoover said. “I’m not resigning my position as state representative for my friends and constituents in the 83rd District.”

Mac Brown, Chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky said Hoover followed through with his word.

“This has been a very difficult and emotional time for all concerned,” Brown said in a statement. “Jeff Hoover has followed through with his word. We now look forward the General Assembly moving on to address the important work ahead of them.”

Reporter Don Weber contributed to this story

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