Politics & Government

After tease from top Republican, no history made in Kentucky House Monday

Kentucky House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown.
Kentucky House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown. File photo

History might have been made somewhere Monday, but it wasn’t here.

After teasing a large audience last week by declaring that “Monday could be an historic day in the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover acknowledged to reporters Monday that Republican plans to take over the House haven’t quite come together yet.

“People know that you’re not going to change the makeup of this body overnight,” Hoover, R-Jamestown,said after a 30-minute, closed-door meeting of House Republicans. “It’s a moving process. It’s a fluid process. And, so you know, we’re just going to continue to move forward.”

In the House, Democrats hold 50 seats, Republicans hold 46, and four will be filled in special elections March 8. The Kentucky House is the last Democratic-run legislative chamber in the South.

Hoover declined to say what he originally expected would happen over the weekend, whether one or more House Democrats would side with House Republicans or accept executive branch jobs from Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.

“I can tell you that the information I had was that there were some folks who were not happy, who were dissatisfied with the current status of things on the House Democrats’ side, and that they were looking to make some decisions in the next few days. That was what I understood was going on,” Hoover said.

Tuesday will be the sixth day of the 60-day legislative session.

John Cheves: 859-231-3266, @BGPolitics