High profile Republicans continued to call for the resignation of Phil Hinkle from his State Representative seat in the wake of a recent scandal involving a personal matter.
Hinkle released a statement to the media yesterday.
Hat tip to Abdul-Hakim Shabazz for posting the statement on his blog.
It's time for a little inside baseball. I'm sure a few of you may have chuckled and rolled your eyes when Hinkle says that he did not plan to run for another term before this incident. I believe him. You know why? Because he told me.
Hinkle told me at a community function leading up to the 2010 election that he was seriously considering making that run his last go around.
So, now, as a lame duck and disgraced lawmaker, what can he do for his constituents? Little. Thus, as a political commentator and blogger, I would also urge Phil Hinkle to resign for the good of his district and allow someone to serve the constituents in House 92 the way they deserve to be served without the baggage of this story and the embarrassment he has brought them.
But, as a friend, I would advise Phil to resign his office and continue to try to salvage the relationship he has with his family without the pressures of dealing with this story everyday as a public figure.
Phil, you do what's best for you. The ball is in your court.