Rhode Island speaker will step down after raid

Associated Press
Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox speaks to a reporter as he emerges from his home in Providence, R.I., on Saturday, March 22, 2014 a day after Fox's home and Statehouse office were raided by federal and state authorities. Fox told reporters outside his home Saturday he would make a statement “when it’s appropriate.” Authorities raided Fox’s Capitol office and home Friday as part of an investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office, FBI, IRS and state police. Officials haven’t said who or what they are investigating. Fox wouldn’t comment when asked if he plans to resign. He also wouldn’t say if a lawyer is representing him. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox says he is resigning from his leadership post and will not run for re-election, a day after federal and state authorities raided his Statehouse office and home.

Fox says in a written statement sent Saturday evening that he will not let Friday's raids distract his colleagues from addressing the challenges facing the state. He says he wants to focus on his family and dealing with the investigation.

The raids were part of an investigation by the U.S. attorney's office, FBI, IRS and state police. Officials haven't said whom or what they are investigating.

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