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Embattled House Speaker resigns

March 22, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Less than a year after his greatest legislative triumph – shepherding Rhode Island’s same-sex marriage law through a sometimes reluctant General Assembly – House Speaker Gordon Fox is resigning in disgrace from the most powerful political position in state government.

Fox issued a simple statement Saturday, one day after State Police and federal agents from the FBI and IRS carried boxes marked “evidence” from his third-floor Statehouse office and his home on the East Side of Providence, saying he will step down as Speaker but will keep his District 4 seat through the current term and not seek re-election.
Law enforcement officials remain mum about the investigation they are conducting and Fox’s relationship to it.

House Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) said again on Saturday that he is confident he has the votes to become Speaker.

Full story appears on page A1 of Sunday's Call.

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