Michigan Rep. Scott resigns in wake of recall
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Recalled Republican Rep. Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) has announced that he is stepping down as representative immediately and will no longer participate in votes even though he is not officially out of the Michigan House.
In an interview with the subscription-only newsletter Michigan Information and Research Services, Scott said he was taking the action because continuing to vote as the representative was “fundamentally un-democratic.”
Scott also said the vote likely had energized Republicans.
“I would issue a call to action to all legislators, with everyone in Michigan watching, to show we don’t allow special interests to bully and intimidate the legislature,” he said.
Ari Adler, spokesperson for Speaker of the House Jase Bolger (R-Marshall), said Scott had not notified Bolger of his decision, nor was he obligated to do so. He said Scott was merely speeding up the inevitable, noting that once the Genesee County Clerk certifies the election results, Scott is done with his position as state representative. Adler said that could happen as soon as Thursday.