(AP) – A legislator from the St. Louis area abruptly resigned from the Missouri House on Wednesday, citing rumors about “some personal issues” as he became the third lawmaker to quit under pressure within the past year.
Republican Rep. Don Gosen of Chesterfield did not offer a specific explanation, either in an interview with The Associated Press or in his official resignation letter to Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson.
“There’ve been some rumors, stories floating around the Capitol the last week – some true, some not true,” Gosen told the AP. “And with those come some personal issues that I’m addressing at home – none of those related to legislative duties, legislative activities.”
Richardson said in a written statement that he asked Gosen to resign Tuesday night. He suggested that Gosen had been involved in something inappropriate, but he wasn’t specific.