Rep. Floyd declines appointment to House panel investigating actions by Gov. Bevin

10/07/2016 05:09 PM

State Rep. David Floyd formally declined House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s appointment to a House panel investigating allegations of threats and retaliation by Gov. Matt Bevin in a letter Friday.

Floyd, a Bardstown Republican who did not seek reelection this year, was one of two Republicans named to the House Investigatory Committee on Executive Actions on Wednesday. Others on the panel include Rep. Jim Wayne, a Louisville Democrat who will chair the committee; Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively; Rep. Arnold Simpson, D-Covington; and Rep. Jim Stewart, R-Flat Lick.

The committee’s main focus, Stumbo said Wednesday, will be on the delayed $11 million East Brannon Road project in Rep. Russ Meyer’s district. Meyer has said Bevin’s administration halted the project after he declined to join the Republican Party, but Bevin’s office has said right-of-way and utility issues prevented roadwork from proceeding.

The delay cost the state $625,000, with another $850,000 due to the contractor if work doesn’t begin by May 1.

Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, had not spoken to Floyd about his appointment to the panel, leaving him a phone message that was later played for reporters by Bevin’s Chief of Staff Blake Brickman, who called the committee’s formation “a political farce.” House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, said Floyd is caring for his daughter as she battles cancer.

“As you will recall, earlier this year I learned of pressing family concerns requiring my full attention,” Floyd wrote in his letter. “Those concerns led to my decision to not seek reelection to serve as State Representative for the 50th House District.

“As a father as well, I trust you fully understand my situation and where my focus must be. Upon reminding you of the situation my family has been put through these past nine months, I respectfully decline this appointment.”

Matt Stephens, Stumbo’s general counsel, said in a statement that the speaker’s office appreciates Floyd’s consideration “and will be looking for another member to take part.”

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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