State Rep. Richard Curtis, the La Center Republican who allegedly was the target of an extortion attempt by a man he reportedly had sex with, has resigned his legislative seat.
He sent out this statement via the House Republican caucus:
"Today I submitted my letter of resignation to Governor Gregoire effective immediately. While I believe we’ve done some good and helped a lot of people during the time I served in the Legislature, events that have recently come to light have hurt a lot of people. I sincerely apologize for any pain my actions may have caused.
"This has been damaging to my family, and I don’t want to subject them to any additional pain that might result from carrying out this matter under the scrutiny that comes with holding public office."
That was preceded a few minutes earlier by this statement from Rep. Richard DeBolt, the House minority leader:
"I am very disappointed by the news reports of the conduct by Rep. Curtis last week in Spokane. After discussing this matter with House Republican leaders, he has submitted his resignation, which we feel is best for everyone involved. The troubling details continue to emerge, however, it has become clear that he can no longer effectively represent the constituents who elected him. We pray that Richard and his family have the strength and support they need to meet the personal challenges they face."
The Columbian has more here.