Brian Linder

Report: Linder Confirms He Signed Harassment Settlement

Nov 9, 2017
J. Tyler Franklin

Kentucky Representative Brian Linder has confirmed that he is among four Republican lawmakers who signed a settlement with a female House Republican Caucus staffer over sexual harassment allegations.

Linder, of Dry Ridge, told the Grant County News that he wanted to publicly apologize to his family, voters and the state for his actions.

He said he has been focused on his family since the confidential settlement became public.

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The FBI has confirmed it is looking into sexual harassment in the Kentucky state legislature. The news comes a day after House Speaker Jeff Hoover admitted to exchanging inappropriate text messages with a female staffer and resigned from his leadership position.

Three Republican lawmakers have been implicated in the scandal and removed from their committee chairmanships.

David Habich, a spokesman for the FBI office in Louisville confirmed the agency is reviewing the allegations.

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Gov. Matt Bevin is calling for the immediate resignation of all elected officials and staff who have been involved in settling or hiding sexual harassment allegations.

The announcement came in a quickly-organized news conference Saturday afternoon amid allegations that House Speaker Jeff Hoover and several Republican leaders in the chamber had secretly settled sexual harassment claims.

Bevin called for the immediate resignation of  “every individual who has settled a sexual harassment case” and state employees “party to trying to hide this type of behavior.”

A Kentucky lawmaker has deleted a Thanksgiving Tweet over concerns it may be misinterpreted as a joke about Native American genocide.

In response to comments on gun control made by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Kentucky Rep. Brian Linder, a Republican from Dry Ridge, tweeted Friday that “If the Pilgrims had gun control, we wouldn’t have Thanksgiving.”

Linder explained to Kentucky Public Radio that the joke was about gun control preventing pilgrims from hunting turkeys.

“Thanksgiving is, you know, traditionally you have turkey, and so what I meant was you wouldn’t be able to have turkey. I know see that it, I could see where people have misunderstood what I meant.”

Louisville Rep. Reginald Meeks, who is part Cherokee, doesn't believe it. He called Linder’s comments” beyond offensive” and said they represent an ignorance of American history.

After years of lawmakers attempting to find solutions to the state’s underfunded pension problems, a group of Republican legislative candidates are hoping to institute a plan of their own. At a news conference Wednesday at the Capitol, the majority of Republican challengers in House and Senate races endorsed a plan to put new lawmakers into a 401k style pension system.