Duvall keeps his official resignation letter brief
Former state Assemblyman Mike Duvall (R-Yorba Linda), whose sharing of a little too much information over an open microphone at a legislative hearing ultimately led to his political downfall, opted to keep his official letter of resignation brief.
The letter, delivered today to Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles), consists of one sentence:
“I hereby respectfully submit my resignation as State Assemblymember of the 72nd Assembly District, effective September 9, 2009.”
Duvall stepped down Wednesday as the Capitol buzzed with news of his salacious comments to a colleague about apparent trysts with two women, recorded on videotape during a lull in legislative proceedings in early July. At least one of the women may have been a lobbyist with an energy company that had business before a committee on which Duvall was vice chairman.
The assemblyman already had been stripped of his committee seats and an ethics probe was underway when he announced his resignation Wednesday. Duvall issued a statement today saying that his resignation was not an admission of an affair.
The colleague Duvall speaks to in the video, fellow Republican Jeff Miller of Corona, was booted today from the Assembly ethics committee, which is conducting the investigation of Duvall’s activities.
—Evan Halper in Sacramento