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'A sad day for Ohio': DeWine calls on Householder to resign immediately

Ohio Speaker Larry Householder and four others are facing federal racketeering charges.
Credit: AP Photo/John Minchillo, Pool, file
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is calling for the resignation of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder after Householder was charged in an alleged bribery scheme.

Householder and four other individuals are facing federal racketeering charges related to “a significant conspiracy” case tied to House Bill 6 and the $1 billion bailout it provided to help secure the future of two aging nuclear power plants in Ohio. 

In a statement, DeWine said he is deeply concerned about the allegations and every American has the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

He then asked for Householder to resign immediately.

You can read his full statement below:

“I am deeply concerned about the allegations of wrongdoing in the criminal complaint issued today by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Every American has the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. Because of the nature of these charges, it will be impossible for Speaker Householder to effectively lead the Ohio House of Representatives; therefore, I am calling on Speaker Householder to resign immediately.

"This is a sad day for Ohio."

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