Tuesday, December 16, 2008

May postpones resignation, citing leadership election interference

House Minority Leader Mike May (R-Parker) released this statement Tuesday afternoon:

“Today I have made the difficult decision to temporarily delay my retirement from the House because of my sense of duty to the members of the Republican caucus. With the possibility that outside influences may have attempted to interfere with the leadership election, and the reality of a delayed election, I do not feel that now would be an appropriate time to leave.

“I will remain the Representative of House District 44 and will continue to serve as Minority Leader until this situation has been resolved, as long as that may take.”

May told the Denver Post that he wasn't allowed to discuss the matter, which insinuates a formal complaint has been filed.

May had planned to resign from the House this week, saying he wanted to focus on his hotel business.

House Minority spokesman Randy Hildreth said he couldn't go into further detail about the alleged interference.

"That is all we can say about this at this time," Hildreth said.

State Reps. Frank McNulty (R-Highlands Ranch)and David Balmer (R-Centennial) are vying to succeed May as House Minority Leader.

McNulty told Mile High Politics he didn't know any details about what May was referring to in his announcement. Balmer didn't return a phone call seeking comment Tuesday afternoon.

Douglas County GOP Chair Kelsey Alexander said the House District 44 vacancy committee election, tentatively scheduled for Jan. 6, is now on hold.

"Nobody really knows when he's going to resign," Alexander said.

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