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Indicted lawmaker resigns from NC House

Posted July 25, 2012

— State Rep. Stephen LaRoque submitted his resignation from the state House Wednesday, a week after he was indicted on charges of illegal use of federal funds and money laundering.

LaRoque, R-Lenoir, said he will step down on Aug. 1. He lost his re-election bid in the May primary but would have remained a House member through the end of the year.

"This is a difficult decision, as it has been one of the greatest honors of my life to have had the privilege of representing the people of the 10th District," he said in his resignation letter to House Speaker Thom Tillis. "I do not want my continued presence in the General Assembly to be politicized or to distract from the important work that still needs to be done there."

The federal charges are related LaRoque's company's handling of federal small-business loan funds.

"I am proud of the work I have done in my nonprofit corporations. We have worked hard to help people," he said in the resignation letter. "I deny the charges brought against me, and I now must devote my time and energies to proving my innocence and protecting my family and all that I have worked for and believe in."

Tillis last week urged LaRoque to resign, and he called the move Wednesday "the right decision.

Earlier Wednesday, Tillis said he would form a special committee to examine the charges against LaRoque and recommend what action, if any, is warranted by the House.

LaRoque's resignation ends that inquiry.

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  • hardycitrus Jul 26, 2:29 p.m.

    He can join the Romney "Outrage Tour" of small business owners who swear up and down the government contributed nothing to their success, then they turn out to federal contractors (usually defense work).

  • greg69innc Jul 26, 1:37 p.m.

    Hey Mr. Laroque I remember you said something about unemployed people mooching off of gov't funds...The Guilty dog barks the loudest. Have fun in Butner hope you and Bernie Madoff are good friends for the next thirty or forty years.

  • carlostheass Jul 26, 1:07 p.m.

    Crooks are crooks, I don't care what party they're in. If this guy were a democrat I'd shrug and says it's just another day, but he's not, and it just goes to show that they're on both sides of the aisle and I'm always glad to see the bad ones go. I'd love to see this two-party system go with them!

  • judithfergerson Jul 26, 12:41 p.m.

    He should have resigned a while back - seems to me we have a lot of deceit and corruption in the House,Senate and Legislature a great big lack of integrity that goes all the way to Congress and office of the president even.

  • Plenty Coups Jul 26, 12:15 p.m.

    "I bet this LaRoach guy only got in trouble because the democrats gained control of Congress in 2007.....yeah, THAT's it! ;)"

    LOL again. Some good humor today.

  • Plenty Coups Jul 26, 12:13 p.m.

    "If this were a Democrat there would be about 500 more comments."

    LOL.

  • jgilchr Jul 26, 9:53 a.m.

    If this were a Democrat there would be about 500 more comments.

  • ycbs Jul 26, 9:49 a.m.

    "The greed and malfeasance exists in both parties. It is a shame that elected officials have to stray. Power, greed, lack of integrity and money ruins many, but it runs deep in politics. Term limits are necessary and those found guilty of the above should be thrown out with access to state retirement and any benefits that are normally afforded." - bestrobert

    I agree wholeheartedly. Term-limits (or lack thereof) is at the heart of most of the corruption in politics (especially at the legislatorial and congressional levels. Even the ones who start out the most well-intentioned get caught up trying to keep their seat and eventually start selling out to someone or another to keep the campaign contributions and support flowing.

    Unfortunately, with the people who this affects also being the ones who would vote for it, it'll probably never happen.

  • Bronco Jul 26, 9:35 a.m.

    sending in his notice of resignation was one of the most correct things that he has done lately.

  • piene2 Jul 26, 9:32 a.m.

    "I like to say thanks to Stephen Laroque for all he did for me and the people of my district. We will miss you and appreciate everything you've done for us and the people of North Carolina, even the ones that were not in your district. I just hope we can replace you with another who cares as much about the rights of the people as you. Thank you again,and best wishes in the future.

    cussmikemeoutagain"

    Were you dipping getting a cut?

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