Georgia Republican Resigns After Drugs Theft Arrest

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

A newly elected Republican state lawmaker has withdrawn from office after he was charged with swiping prescription narcotics from a retirement complex where he works.

Danny Rampey’s decision not to take office triggers a Jan. 31 special election to fill his Winder-based House seat in northeast Georgia. Gov. Brian Kemp signed an order Saturday setting up the new vote in the GOP-leaning district.

“His withdrawal will ensure his constituents have a voice in this session of the General Assembly after the special election is held,” said House Speaker Jan Jones and incoming House Speaker Jon Burns in a joint statement.

Read the full article. My report on the arrest is here.