Cincinnati area Republican Rep. Robert Mecklenborg says he’ll resign on August 2. Mecklenborg was recently arrested for driving under the influence in Indiana while having a female passenger, who was not his wife, in the car he was operating. In his resignation, Mecklenborg said his recent actions have become a distraction to the important work that lies ahead for members of the legislature. Republican House Speaker Bill Batchelder says while Mecklenborg has served an important role in the legislature in the past, he has made the appropriate decision to step aside. Mecklenborg will face charges in court later this month. Democratic Party Chair Chris Redfern says it’s possible Mecklenborg could find himself fighting to keep his law license too.
There is no word yet on whether the Ohio Supreme Court’s disciplinary council will look into the matter.