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Posted on 08/28/2005 8:15:05 PM PDT by SmithL
NASHVILLE -- State Rep. Chris Newton, R-Cleveland, said Sunday night he plans to resign his seat in the state House of Representatives effective Nov. 1.
Newton was one of five current or former lawmakers arrested May 26 in a federal bribery sting codenamed Tennessee Waltz. He has pleaded not guilty in federal court.
"I prayed about it and I'm at peace with my decision," Newton said in a telephone interview from his home Sunday. "I'm convinced this is the right thing to do at this time."
Newton said he has informed House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh, D-Covington, and House Minority Leader Tre' Hargett, R-Bartlett, of his decision, along with others in his party.
Republican Party officials had earlier this summer called for Newton to resign, but he said constituents encouraged him to stay in office.
Former state Sen. John Ford, D-Memphis, is the only other lawmaker charged in the sting to resign.
The News Sentinel will have more in Monday's paper.
Tennessee Waltz Ping
Ok so four Democrats and a Republican get caught... and the Republican leads the article. No bias here, eh?
Oh, let me guess. Since AP is making such an effort to report about this --- IT MUST INVOLVE A REPUBLICAN!!!
"R-Cleveland" being the first line is the bias. You can bet the Dems won't resign. And you can also bet the Dems party affiliation won't be mentioned again.
He never was a Republican, he's a despicable RINO. Good riddance to the trash.
About time, to bad the other ones bowers and crutchfield don't follow john ford and chris newton's example. Part of the reason is the ability to raise money to pay for their defense.