State News

N.C. House member Allred resignation takes effect

Posted June 1, 2009 7:44 p.m. EDT
Updated June 1, 2009 8:26 p.m. EDT

— A North Carolina House member ended a legislative career that spanned 18 years and ended following a probe into his conduct during a floor session.

Rep. Cary Allred's resignation took effect Monday, and the resignation letter he submitted last week was read as the evening's House session started.

The Alamance County Republican told the Times-News of Burlington last week he fought for his constituents against government bureaucracies but had not cared for his own "personal problems."

Fellow legislators reported that Allred said he was speeding on the way to Raleigh on April 27, and had been drinking before the session.

Some lawmakers also believed he behaved inappropriately toward a 17-year-old female House page who was a family friend.

Allred said the page was a longtime friend of his family and that he kissed her on the cheek. The page and her parents said in the report they didn't want to file a complaint and were OK with what happened.

"I've done nothing illegal or unethical in my mind," he said.