Embattled Washington State Dem Resigns

Aaron Reardon / AP


Washington state’s Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon resigned Thursday following fraud and corruption accusations, reports the Seattle Times:

Reardon, a Democrat, had grown increasingly isolated over the past two years as he weathered scandal after scandal: an alleged extramarital affair with a county employee, appearing to use county resources for his campaign, a Washington State Patrol criminal investigation into his travel.

His surprise resignation at the end of a routine speech came on the heels of newspaper reports that tied members of his staff to records requests about county employees who cooperated with the State Patrol investigation into Reardon.

Reardon, 42, has held political office for the last fifteen years, never losing an election. Washington Democrats even considered him a potential 2012 gubernatorial contender.

He maintains that all the allegations are false.

"It is impossible for me to describe to you the emotional and financial toll these relentless attacks have taken on my wife, my family and me," he said.