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Gay Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox Steps Down After FBI Raid of Office and Home

Gordon Fox, the gay Rhode Island House Speaker who helped bring marriage equality to the state in 2012, has resigned from his leadership post and will not run for re-election following a federal raid of his Statehouse office and home as part of a criminal investigation. AP reports:

Gordon fox"Because of the respect I have for all members of the House of Representatives, I am resigning as Speaker," Fox said in a written statement emailed to reporters. "The process of governing must continue and the transition of leadership must be conducted in an orderly manner."

The 52-year-old Providence Democrat, who became the nation's first openly gay House speaker in 2010, said he planned to serve out the remainder of his term through the end of the year, but that "my personal focus going forward will be on my family and dealing with the investigation."

The Friday raids were carried out by the U.S. attorney’s office, FBI, IRS and state police. Officials have yet to comment on the nature of the investigation.

Earlier this year, Fox ran into trouble with the state ethics commission for failing to disclose more than $40,000 in legal work for a Province economic development agency. He agreed to pay a $1,500 fine. 

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  1. I wonder how involved the NSA is on this one.

    Posted by: Jay | Mar 23, 2014 5:52:08 PM

  2. OMG! I thought only Republicans and assorted right-wing nutjobs were persecuted by the Obama/Holder black-panther-party, communist, Islamofascist regime. Lol

    Posted by: Josh | Mar 23, 2014 8:12:34 PM

  3. Politicians and corruption seem to go hand in hand, no?

    And does this article mean "Providence" and not "Province"?

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Mar 23, 2014 8:41:09 PM

  4. People used to be innocent until proven guilty.

    Posted by: Armando | Mar 23, 2014 11:38:00 PM

  5. No Armando...they were 'PRESUMED' innocent until proven guilty.

    Posted by: Geoff M | Mar 23, 2014 11:51:22 PM

  6. He's had some "curious" things come up. The work for the development agency was indirect and seemed like an honest mistake though. He was contracted by a lawyer to do some work, whom he later found out was hired by the agency. That's why the fine put against him wasn't very hard. Of course, that doesn't mean whatever is happening now isn't illegal or a true breach of ethics.

    Posted by: Rob | Mar 24, 2014 12:34:30 AM

  7. If it were child porn, wouldn't they arrest him on the spot?

    Posted by: freak | Mar 24, 2014 12:38:23 AM

  8. There are no ethics in Rhode Island politics.

    This could be any number of issues, but given that the IRS was involved, It's money.

    Posted by: Rad | Mar 24, 2014 7:05:36 AM

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