"I want you to understand that I gave it up. My family needs me and they mean a lot to me and I have to be there for them," Newton told supporters at a news conference on the steps of city hall.
Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz said that Newton's seat would likely be filled by through a special election. (AP)
Newton is trying to salvage his pride, of course, by claiming that he wasn't forced to go. He also apparently made no reference to the scandals surrounding him.
He did the right thing, but why now? This was a very sudden announcement. It could be that a major break in the investigation is going to come out soon.
In any event, he is now gone. What will become of him after this is anybody's guess.
"Embattled Newton says he'll resign from state Senate." Associated Press 15 September, 2005.