Democratic State Representatives Call For DeWeese To Resign: DeWeese Says He Will Resign When Sentenced

By: Geoffrey Middleberg, Assistant Editor

State Rep. Babette Josephs called on state Rep. Bill DeWeese to resign. Her statement said: ““Bill DeWeese has been convicted in a court of law and he has no business coming back to the House floor. Lawmakers may not use state legislative resources and staff for campaigns, and Mr. DeWeese’s conduct is a disgrace to himself and to the body he has served. I call on him to resign immediately and to withdraw from the primary ballot. He’s a felon and he has to go.”

Monday’s Inquirer reported, “Another once-powerful Democrat, Rep. Dwight Evans of Philadelphia, said DeWeese was “an embarrassment to the House” and should resign.”

These are two experienced Democratic legislators calling for the resignation of former Speaker Bill DeWeese.

For his part, DeWeese told the AP that he will step down once he is convicted.

DeWeese is expected to try and delay sentencing through the election so that he does not have to resign until after he is re-elected. House rules state that DeWeese does not have to resign until after he is sentenced.

February 8th, 2012 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, PA Offices 2012, Top Stories | No Comments