PROVIDENCE â€“ Less than a year after his greatest legislative triumph â€“ shepherding Rhode Islandâ€™s same-sex marriage law through a sometimes reluctant General Assembly â€“ 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 â€śevidenceâ€ť 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 Foxâ€™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.