(Raleigh News Observer) Rep. Stephen LaRoque resigned from the General Assembly on Wednesday several hours after House Speaker Thom Tillis said he would launch a special committee to publicly investigate his former lieutenant, a Kinston Republican who was indicted by a federal grand jury last week.
LaRoque, in a letter to Tillis, said it was a difficult decision, but “I do not want my continued presence in the General Assembly to be politicized or to distract from the important work that still needs to be done there.”
LaRoque added that he was proud of the work he did acting as a middle man to lend federal funds to struggling businesses in rural areas, which is the subject of the federal indictment. “I have worked hard to help people,” he wrote, and denied the charges against him.
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