Assemblyman Mike Duvall (R- Yorba Linda) stepped down after legislative leaders stripped him of his committee posts and launched an ethics probe of his actions.
A Republican state lawmaker from Southern California has resigned after he was caught on tape bragging about his penchant for spanking and of having sex with female lobbyists.
Duvall says it would not be fair to his family, constituents or friends to remain in office.
"I am deeply saddened that my inappropriate comments have become a major distraction for my colleagues in the Assembly, who are working hard on the very serious problems facing our state," he said. "Therefore, I have decided to resign my office, effective immediately, so that the Assembly can get back to work."
Duvall, whose is married with two adult children, made the comments to another lawmaker on July 8 during a break in a committee hearing that was caught on a live microphone.
In a recording broadcast by KCAL-TV in Los Angeles, the 54-year-old lawmaker talks about a recent sexual escapade with a woman he says is 18 years younger than him.
"I like spanking her," he is heard to say on the videotape. "She goes, 'I know you like spanking me.' I said, 'Yeah, that's cause you're such a bad girl."'
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