KENTUCKY: GOP State House Speaker Resigns Post After Sexting Scandal, Says God Has Forgiven Him

The Associated Press reports:

Kentucky’s Republican House speaker resigned his leadership position Sunday after acknowledging he settled sexual harassment claims from one of his staffers last month.

Jeff Hoover denied sexually harassing the staff member, but said he sent inappropriate text messages that were consensual. Hoover’s wife and two of his three daughters were in the room as he spoke.

“I engaged in banter that was consensual but make no mistake it was wrong on my part to do that. And for that, I am truly sorry,” Hoover said. “I have asked for and received forgiveness from God, my family, my wonderful wife, Karen, and my daughters,” Hoover added.

  • Lazycrockett

    I much as I yell at god, he never answers me.

    • TJay229

      I know right… I’ve begged for MEGA Power Ball numbers and, nothing.

  • Gigi

    “Hoover’s wife and two of his three daughters were in the room as he spoke.”

    WHY? It’s bad enough that he sexually harassed a woman and is lying about it calling it “consensual banter,” but only a pathological egotist would force his wife and kids to be participants in his deceit.

    • AmeriCanadian

      “See…my family’s OK with it. So you be too!”

      • David Walker

        I think what was going on in that pea shell of a mind was to find a way to work god and forgiveness into it. His staff writer came up with the above rather than Hoover’s less subtle, “Like you’ve never done it! Fuck off, you bastards. The Man Upstairs is OK with it, I gave up my earthly power for now, so y’all can just go to hell.”

        I also like the name of the show, “Hey Kentucky!” As in…”Hey. Over here. We really got one for you this time.”

        • John Nielsen

          When will the hypocrisy stop. Everyone has been naughty. We are all naughty. Maybe not as randy as we were when we were young. But every now and then it’s good to be naughty.

    • skyweaver

      I think you’re missing the point. GOD has forgiven his smug ass so it doesn’t matter what his wife, daughters, press or constituents think. See also, God=get out of jail free.

      • Goodboy

        Hey if I create my own deity you better believe they’ll always agree with me and forgive me.

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      • Harley

        Hitler’s in heaven too.

    • stanhope

      Honey, that is the formula….the no self esteem wife putting on the brave face with the children required to stand there in utter humiliation. The egotistical asshole winning an oscar for trying to show remorse when he will leave that space and victimize yet another woman or boy.

    • BearEyes

      They’re just political props

    • Gregory B

      I wonder where the third daughter is? Perhaps she isn’t quite as forgiving as her doormat mother and sisters. One can hope.

    • Shy Guy

      Unfortunately, it seems to be traditional. I think it’s intended to show that they forgave him, and so should you. (Pure PR BS.)

      They even include it in parodies, showing their obvious discomfort: (sorry for the terrible quality, there are no better copies freely available)

    • Puck

      You needed to see their faces, that they were filled with joy and forgiveness!

    • Chucktech

      His wife and three daughters are goood christian wimmin and they know their place in gawd’s christian bible.

    • david fairfield

      Was it a woman? The AP article doesn’t specify.

  • David Walker

    Good ol’ god.

    • Chucktech

      Yeah, swell Guy, ain’t He?

  • bkmn
    • Dagoril

      She’s heatin’ it up in her own little oven!

    • olandp

      Divine actually did that in real life…

    • Robincho

      Gurl can’t help it, the gurl can’t help it…

  • HZ81

    Cool, I just got this text from God myself.

    “LOL. My thoughts & prayers… are in ur pants. LOL LOL”

    He works in mysterious ways.

    • whollyfool

      his wonders to perform….

  • Blake Mason

    It’s a “Get out of Jail (Hell) Free” card.

    • Chucktech

      More like a “Stay in the Kentucky Legislature” card (just not quite the little star he was).

  • David in Tucson

    They never, ever seem to grasp that, while their God-construct may have forgiven them, there are still real earthly consequences to their behavior.

    • David Walker

      “Liberty” “Counsel” to the rescue!

  • Frostbite

    Oh. Your deity says you’re forgiven? Mine says you’re an arsehole.

  • Mike C.

    Thoughts and prayers for his family. Asshole!

  • HoratioCaine

    I want proof in the form of a letter from this god person that they’ve forgiven these people who claim they’ve been forgiven. I like how he said the texts were consensual, the other party is probably not allowed to say anything due to the settlement agreement.

  • PickyPecker
  • Adam Stevens

    Your children deserve a better father, you immoral a-hole.

  • Michael R
  • Mark Née Fuzz

    So surely their god has forgiven me for all of my wicked deeds. Who are they to judge then?

    • Goodboy

      Huh. Logic? That’s the devil talking.

    • Chucktech

      Who are they to judge?? Why, phony pious christian assholes, of course! And if your wicked deeds included any homo stuff, you can just forget any of that Godly forgiveness.

  • Harveyrabbit
    • Mark Née Fuzz

      Woof, god! How you doin’?

      • licuado de platano

        No too well. Imagine having an erection lasting centuries and no hands to work things out.

    • Goodboy

      Greek Gods were so much more fun. A God that I’ll gladly worship. Although I’ll take the statue on the right.

      • Harveyrabbit


      • yes b’y

        he must be an anteater

      • Natty Enquirer

        Priapus! perish I an words obscene
        And wicked terms to use I’m not ashamed:
        But whenas thou, a god (bylaying shame),
        To me displayest bollocks evident,
        With Coynte the Prickle I must baldly name.

        (1890 translation from the classical Latin)

      • Ham

        How exactly did only his arms get lopped off? I can only imagine someone frantically hoisting a hoop skirt on him before the prudish monotheists arrived to make their point.

      • Todd20036

        Lord Priapus!

      • David Gervais

        The painting on the left I’ve seen before, but I don’t know anything about the sculpture.
        Do you have any information?

  • shellback

    How funny. I was talking to god this morning and he said the opposite about Jeff. Who should I believe?

    • Chucktech

      Oh, c’mon, shellback, don’t stoop to their dim bulb, christian-simpleton “tawkin’ to gawd” level.

  • Michael R
  • Jim Maloney

    God must be a busy guy/gal/thing/entity.

    • Outlaw Woman

      Well, having to forgive republicans 10 times a day can be pretty taxing, even for the omnicient.

    • David Walker

      I forget which scam preacher said it, but the line was “God lives to forgive!” If there’s a god, I do pity it.

  • Outlaw Woman

    “… and TWO of his THREE daughters …”.

    Hmmmmmm, where is that third daughter, let’s hear her take on the matter.

  • David Walker

    1. Hoover lives in a vacuum.
    2. Hoover sucks.
    3. Hoover needs a dirt bag.
    4. Hoover goes for the “god forgives me” line so his (Hoover’s) equally sucky followers will think he’s suffered enough.
    5. Hoover no longer gives a shit about the “consensual” recipient after her brief but clearly threatening conversation with Hoover’s dirt bag lawyer.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Clearly, Hoover doesn’t give a dam.

      • Chucktech

        I shouldn’t up-vote that, but I laughed, so here ya go…

  • The_Wretched

    “I just spoke with god and he said I’d burn.” <—something they never say. It's nice how their xtian-god's always on side.

    • Chucktech

      However, “I just spoke with god and He said you’ll burn” seems to be a recurring theme. ESPECIALLY if there’s any homo stuff goin’ on.

  • Matt

    Isn’t it funny how these people are ALWAYS forgiven by their ‘god’? As if that makes everyting ok (if you’re an e-van-gullible).

  • Scott Conrad

    If it was “consensual” , why was there a settlement?

    • ColdCountry

      Because she knew she could get something out of it? Or does he figure that if she looks at the text, that makes it consensual?

  • j.martindale

    I still feel bad about being a little prick to an overweight little neighbor girl when I was about seven years old. I am now 70. I wish these people would teach me how to get rid of my sense of guilt as easily as they do.

  • Dagoril

    If God said it’s ok, then why bother resigning at all?!

  • TrueWords
  • yes b’y
  • kareemachan

    Yeah, I knew he’d bring in the ol’ Jeebus forgives me ploy.

  • Michael White

    And evilgenitals used to make fun of catlicks because of weekly confession. Fucking religious hypocrites white washed tombs

  • Natty Enquirer

    “Banter”? Oh, that’s okay, then. Harmless banter. You know, just a little verbal hoochie-koochie, what, what, say no more say no more.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Exactly, it’s just “locker room” talk and stuff. I mean, everyone knows Harvey Weinstein was just being overly friendly and practicing “extreme flirting”….fuck! these reich wing christers/men of power are so repugnant.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Oh well, as long as your imaginary sky daddy has forgiven you, I guess we can all call it a day…, no you fucking perv. Getting a high five and “it’s ok” from your sky daddy doesn’t mean dick, including yours. Hypocrite.

  • Sashineb
  • Karl Dubhe

    How nice, for him to find a guy friend to cover up for him.

    And some people say that Man invented God. Ha!

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Umm, … how do you know gawd forgave you? Voices in your head??
    Well then, that’s a better reason to resign – you’re insane!

    • Chucktech

      “God forgave me, but just in case He didn’t, here’s my resignation.”

  • Ninja0980

    Translation, I’m only sorry I got caught and I’ll use the God forgave me as a get out of jail free card to absolve myself of further responsibility for my actions.

  • yes b’y

    I wish this jebus man on msnbc would shut the fuck up.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Jesus said that if a man lusts after a woman, he has committed adultery with her.
    Thank the god I don’t believe in for the bible. I wonder if this super duper Christian ever read it?

  • Hand Turkey

    That’s why I could never win an argument with my “Christian” bish of a mother.

    No matter what she did to her children, Jesus always forgave her.

    • Treant

      The only answer that shuts up my fundie cousin is, “Prove it.”

      I do find that an authoritatively delivered, “Well, I don’t.” also works sometimes.

      • Chucktech

        “Prove it” is where Jesus falls apart.

  • This is God! (echo, echo, echo). No I have not! Fake news! This abomination is unforgivable. Please enjoy your stay in H3ll!

  • Vinnie NYC

    I didn’t know God fit in his hand.

  • Ninja0980

    Funny… all the people screaming about Hollywood have nothing to say about this or the guy in Florida.
    Maybe because they are Republicans?

  • David

    Family-values Christian-conservative is the PC word/term for sociopathic sexual predator/ pervert.

  • If he is speaking on a daily basis with an imaginary character, shouldn’t he be brought in for a mental health check up.

    • david fairfield

      Also he gets a complimentary gun.

  • Coprolite

    “Hoover said. “I have asked for and received forgiveness from God…”

    Until I see a FB message from Dog forgiving you I don’t believe it.

  • Ninja0980

    By the way, as Joe’s post notes, he is only resigning as house speaker.
    He will still be in the legislature which shows once again that Democrats have higher standards then Republicans do when dealing with this crap.

    • Chucktech

      No, it means Democrats cower and shrink while Republican pigs just step down one notch. In Jesus’s name, of course.

  • Hank
  • June Gordon

    He knows Jesus forgave him because he never heard Jesus say, “No.”

  • BockMcMillan

    How wonderful it must be for the Christians to claim that they have received the forgiveness of their God, we atheist have to keep struggling with our conscience that never let’s us forget our misconduct

  • easygoingmister

    They took the daughters with them to make the public statement? How old are these daughters? Poor daughters.

  • Oh, pleeese….who really cares? Your god certainly doesn’t.

  • SeaMastr

    how does this scumbag KNOW that “god” has forgiven him? Never happened, never will

  • BobSF_94117

    The GOP version of bring your daughter to work day!

  • Gianni

    Christians always know that God forgives them. They know because they spend so much time speaking FOR Him. You can’t do that unless you know what He tells you. Of course, the reasoning is always that if God has forgiven me, then how can any person not do the same as Him? If one doesn’t forgive as God has done, what kind of a cruel, judgemental, unkind, unforgiving, superior person does that make you? Also, as long as one has God’s forgiveness, anyone else’s hurt feelings or damaged lives no longer matter much.

  • EdA

    And HOW does this miscreant know that God has forgiven him?

    Voices in his head. Sounds rather self-serving to me.

    • EdA

      Note also that this guy did NOT give up his seat in the Kentucky House. He only gave up his speakership. So he may suffer something of a financial penalty and he may have to endure some ribbing from his fellow legislators for a while, but that’s about it.

  • Squicky

    You know, I actually don’t have a problem with someone apologizing when they fuck up, and then getting their job back if they can still do it, even if I don’t like them personally. On the flip side, if he’s dragged his wife and kids there and made them stand by him so he can get his job back, that’s pretty skeevy.

  • Dunkerblinker

    apparently God has major wood for sexual abuse of women. According to the televangelist Trump was hand picked by God…must have been a fan of his pussy grabbing technique.

  • trouble94114

    Unless he has a signed, notarized memo from God stating as such, he’s blowing smoke on the “God forgives me part”

  • juanjo54

    I inappropriately stabbed but the stabbing was totally consensual. But make no mistake it was wrong on my part to stab someone even consensually. And for that, I am truly sorry,” Hoover said. “I have asked for and received forgiveness from God, my family, my wonderful wife, Karen, and my daughters,”

  • juanjo54

    I do not know about Christianity since I am not a pagan but I am familiar with Jewish religious law. Under the Halacha, an offense against another is not forgiven by Ha Shem unless or until the offender has approached the person against whom the transgression was conducted and begged forgiveness in complete sincerity and asked the person what recompense would be accepted to make up of the offense. The person who committed the offense must be forgiven or make at least three attempts in utmost sincerity, to obtain forgiveness from the offended party. As the Talmud teaches: “The Day of Atonement atones for sins against God, not for sins against man, unless the injured party has been appeased” (Mishna Yoma 8:9).

    • boatboy_srq

      Christianity favors some kind of atonement. Xtianists just need to commune with Gun-Totin’ Capitalist White Jeebus and all’s well again.

      We’ll see if the latter approach works for this idjit in the next election.

  • JCF

    Tick, tick, tick, tick, DING! He’s back, runs for higher office.

  • Robincho

    I’m surprised his wife isn’t Kim Davis…

  • Sam

    “I have asked for and received forgiveness from God…” [citation needed]

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    I’d like to hear that’s he’s forgiven from the wife, the daughters, and the god. Until then, it’s heresy and I don’t believe a word of it.

  • Stubenville

    “Says God Has Forgiven Him” So now he’s hearing voices?

  • JAKvirginia

    Okay. YOU say you are forgiven. Fine. But here’s my problem. You said you knew it was wrong, but went and did it anyway. That’s lack of impulse control, dude. Not good for a legislator, husband, and/or father. Um…. it sure as hell would take me awhile to trust you again. Seriously.

  • andrew

    That Biblical God sure has gotten soft in his old age. Where’s the old macho Yahweh who struck Uzzah dead when he touched the Ark of the Covenant, to keep it from tipping over?

  • Terry

    God forgives him, but you can’t overlook the gays “destroying society”

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Blah blah blah

  • Fred Barnett

    Hypocrite. God changed his mind. You are dooooomed.

  • Joseph Miceli

    God told me you are going to Hell. Don’t pack any bags, they’ll take care of everything. 🙂

  • Ann Kah

    How dare you ASK your family to forgive you! How dare you put them in that very public position because of something that YOU did? We don’t care if Jesus signed your get-out-of-jail-free card personally, and the twelve apostles initialed it. We don’t care if your mother still loves you and you have a note of commendation from the Rotarians and a laminated plaque from your scoutmaster. We just want you to take responsibility for your own actions.