TERRI HODGE SET TO PLEA TO ONE COUNT AND STEP DOWN

The Quorum Report says that Dallas Democrat State Rep Terri Hodge is going to step down due to a court agreement.  Does this mean she is pleading guilty to one of the counts against her or is she avoiding the guilty verdict by stepping down?

For those of you that were following last session Rep. Hodge had a leadership role in defeating  HB 1320, the anti cock fighting bill introduce by Representative Christian.  Yes, cock fighting still takes place in Texas, and yes it is a growing problem not only in the rural areas but in urban communities too.

TERRI HODGE SET TO PLEA TO ONE COUNT AND STEP DOWN

Announcement scheduled within the hour

A reliable source tells QR that State Rep. Terri Hodge will plea to one count this morning and announce that she is stepping down from the Texas House of Representatives. The announcement is expected within the next hour.

The announcement sets the stage for primary opponent Eric Johnson to become the next state Rep.

Details to follow

Copyright February 03, 2010, Harvey Kronberg, http://www.quorumreport.com, All rights are reserved

Update: 9:21 AM from Quorum Report

STATEMENT FROM TERRI HODGE

Explains plea deal and formally announces resignation

“I am sad to inform you that as of today I will end my campaign for the Democratic nomination for State Representative of the 100th Legislative District of Texas.

“I have reached an agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas whereby I will enter a plea of guilty to one criminal charge alleging that I made false statements by failing to report income on my personal tax returns.  I freely admit that I violated the federal income tax laws in this regard, and I am prepared and willing to accept the consequences of my actions.

“As a result of my guilty plea to a criminal tax violation, I will not be able to continue to serve in the Texas House of Representatives.  Therefore, I cannot in good conscience continue to seek reelection and I believe that the only appropriate action for me to take is to immediately terminate all of my campaign activities.  I will immediately begin the process of closing the affairs of my district office in an orderly manner, and will resign my seat in the Texas House of Representatives effective at the time I am sentenced by the court.

“I want to take this opportunity to express my remorse to my colleagues in the Legislature, my friends, and my family for my actions. Most of all, I want to apologize to all the citizens of District 100 for letting them down.  It has been an honor to serve you for these last 14 years and I am truly sorry that my actions will prevent me from providing a voice for you in the Legislature.  My prayer is that my successor will stand up and fight for the people of our District in the future.

“Because of the ongoing legal proceedings in my case, I will not make any further public statement concerning this matter until the Court has assessed my sentence.  I ask that the press respect my request that my family and I not be contacted for any further statement concerning this matter.”

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