INDIANAPOLIS -- The latest on the resignation of Indiana House Majority Leader Jud McMillin, who abruptly stepped down after sending an apologetic text for "offensive" messages that were sent from his phone (all times local):
A ranking Republican lawmaker who abruptly resigned from the Indiana House conceded in a contrite online posting that he made "mistakes" that resulted in him sending a text message apology to friends and acquaintances for "anything offensive" that may have been sent from his cellphone.
House Majority Leader Jud McMillin of Brookville said in a Facebook post Wednesday that he was giving up his seat to "remedy" those mistakes by focusing on his family. He resigned Tuesday.
In his Facebook post, he did not elaborate on what the mistakes were that he made. He also lashed out at critics who "spew hatred," apparently directed at him.
His resignation came a week after he texted multiple people stating that his cellphone had been stolen and apologizing for messages they may have received from his number. Details about the content of those messages have not been revealed.
A high-ranking Republican who abruptly resigned from the Indiana House this week faced ethical questions a decade ago over his relationship with a domestic violence victim in a case he was prosecuting.
House Majority Leader Jud McMillin of Brookville gave up his seat Tuesday, a week after sending a text message apology for "anything offensive" that may have been sent from his cellphone, that he claims was stolen.
The domestic violence victim sued McMillin in 2006 for legal malpractice, claiming in court documents that he had pursued a sexual relationship with her while he was an assistant prosecutor in Montgomery County, Ohio. That lawsuit was later withdrawn.
McMillin said in court documents that the relationship was voluntary and didn't start until after he quit the prosecutor's staff in 2005.