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Lawmaker charged in sting to resign
AP ^ | 8/28/5 | GARY TANNER

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.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: newton; tennesseewaltz
Newton was the Republican caught in Tennessee Waltz.
1 posted on 08/28/2005 8:15:05 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: GailA

Tennessee Waltz Ping


2 posted on 08/28/2005 8:16:02 PM PDT by SmithL (There are a lot of people that hate Bush more than they hate terrorists)
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To: SmithL

Ok so four Democrats and a Republican get caught... and the Republican leads the article. No bias here, eh?


3 posted on 08/28/2005 8:21:32 PM PDT by thoughtomator (Hey Senator! Leave those kids alone!)
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To: SmithL

Oh, let me guess. Since AP is making such an effort to report about this --- IT MUST INVOLVE A REPUBLICAN!!!


4 posted on 08/28/2005 8:26:30 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: SmithL

Caught by a Sting! And we all know what band Sting is a member of....
5 posted on 08/28/2005 8:29:16 PM PDT by adam_az (It's the border, stupid!)
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To: SmithL

"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.


6 posted on 08/28/2005 8:29:51 PM PDT by tbeatty (I didn't claw my way to the top of the food chain to eat salad.)
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To: SmithL

He never was a Republican, he's a despicable RINO. Good riddance to the trash.


7 posted on 08/28/2005 8:51:14 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (*Fightin' the system like a $2 hooker on crack*)
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To: SmithL

About time!


8 posted on 08/28/2005 9:01:25 PM PDT by secret garden
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To: SmithL

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.


9 posted on 08/29/2005 4:01:03 AM PDT by GailA (Glory be to GOD and his only son Jesus.)
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