Sen. Louis C. DeLuca announced his resignation shortly after 1 p.m. today, ending a 17-year career in the Senate and a five-month controversy over his dealings with James Galante, a trash hauler accused of having ties to organized crime.
DeLuca struggled to remain composed as he read aloud a two-page statement. His wife, Alice, stood by his side, her right hand on his left shoulder.
"For now, I must do what is right for my family, my district and my state. I will retire from the state Senate and resign my office, effective Nov. 30, 2007," he said. Then he thanked his supporters and added, "I love you, and farewell."
UPDATE: The Secretary of State issued the following statement.
“I commend the Senators of both political parties who worked so diligently on this matter and put partisanship aside for the greater good. As the state’s chief election official, I stand ready to accept Sen. DeLuca’s resignation and to work with constituents, potential candidates, and local election officials to ensure the special election to replace him runs smoothly.”
While the date of the special election is uncertain, according to state statute, it must take place no later than 56 days after Sen. DeLuca’s resignation takes effect – which is November 30th. Once Sen. DeLuca resigns Gov. Rell has ten days to issue a writ of special election. The special election is held 46 days after Gov. Rell issues the writ. Assuming the writ is issued on a Friday, the date of the special election would be either January 15th or January 22nd.”