Group Of GOP Lawmakers Caught In Sexual Assault Scandal Face Angry Backlash From Everyone
Several GOP lawmakers who got caught in an alleged sexual assault scandal in Kentucky are facing intense criticism from angry constituents and government officials alike, calling for their immediate resignation.
At a news conference on Saturday, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin called for the immediate resignation of a group of Republican lawmakers who are involved in alleged sexual assault claims.”For the sake of themselves, for the sake of their family and for the sake of Kentucky they should resign,” said Governor Bevin.
The news conference comes after Republican Rep. Wesley Morgan sent out a number of tweets, calling for the immediate resignation or impeachment of House Speaker Jeff Hoover over the allegations.
Gov. Bevin said the accused lawmakers owed it those who they represent and said their despicable, vulgar behavior will not be accepted in Frankfort.
“The people of Kentucky deserve better. We appropriately demand a high level of integrity from our leaders, and will tolerate nothing less in our state,” said Bevin.
Gov. Matt Bevin says this isn’t a conversation he’d like to have. He’s addressing recent allegations this week he calls unacceptable.
The governor says there is a clear line, going on to say you either publicly condemn or publicly condone that type of behavior.
“There is no middle ground,” he said. “This is not about specific individuals. It is about specific behaviors. It is about a culture that is despicable.”
Morgan claims the speaker and other members of the Republican leadership have covered up harassment by threatening whistle-blowers.
Gov. Bevin said no one has denied these allegations going on to say the alleged behavior is unacceptable.
“These allegations are serious,” he said. These allegations are specific. These allegations are reprehensible.”
Saturday night, House Speaker Jeff Hoover issued a statement:
“I have no plans to resign. I am more resolved than ever to continue my work as Speaker thru the 2018 session and I will continue to speak out for all Kentuckians on issues of importance.”