COLUMBUS – Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement today regarding Columbus state Rep. W. Carlton Weddington’s decision to resign his legislative seat:
“In order to restore much needed trust in our elected officials, we cannot abide wrongdoing by Republicans or Democrats. Elected officials must serve their constituents and place them first before their own careers and personal reward.
“We are disheartened by the news that Rep. Weddington, a fine public servant in so many ways, is resigning. We must now let justice run its course with the understanding that each person is considered innocent until proven guilty.
“Let this be a cautionary tale for all public servants. Citizens demand and deserve our undivided attention to address their need for good paying jobs, quality healthcare, affordable higher education, Social Security and Medicare.
“The vast, overwhelming majority of Democratic elected officials and candidates go to work each day and toil on behalf of their constituents. So while we are saddened by the alleged misconduct of Rep. Weddington, we cannot let one story of a fallen public servant distract us from our mission to stand up for working families and our pledge to fight to build a stronger middle class.”