Renzi won't resign

The Arizona Republican, who's currently under federal indictment, resists pressure from his colleagues.

By Alex Koppelman

Published February 26, 2008 4:46PM (EST)

When last we met Rep. Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., at the end of last week, he'd just been indicted on several federal charges. On Monday, we found out that Renzi -- despite having previously announced that he will not seek reelection, and despite pressure from his colleagues and party leaders in Congress -- will be staying in his seat for the moment.

In a statement released Monday, Renzi said, "I will not resign and take on the cloak of guilt because I am innocent ... My legal team of Reid Weingarten and Kelly Kramer will handle these legal issues while I continue to serve my constituents."

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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