Embattled state Rep. Cary Allred will resign.
The Alamance County Republican submitted a letter to House clerk Denise Weeks after noon today saying he will leave the legislature effective 2 p.m. on Monday.
It has been my honor and privilege to serve the people of Alamance County and the 64th District in the House of Representatives.
As General Douglas MacArthur said, "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away."
With that, I bid thee farewell.
Calls to Allred's home and cell phone were not answered Friday.
Allred, who faced ethics questions after inappropriately hugging a teen-aged page, said Thursday that he might step down in September, but also hinted he might resign as early as Monday.
State Republican chairwoman Linda Daves called on Allred to resign earlier this month.
Update: "It's for the good of the House," said Rep. Paul Stam, an Apex Republican and House minority leader. "Everybody needs to remember he had a 30 year career and I hope everybody won’t judge him on one or two events. He did a lot of good."
The resignation would end the ethics inquiries against Allred.
"If he's not a member of the House there's no reason to go forward with it," said Bill Holmes, a spokesman for House Speaker Joe Hackney.
Update: Hackney issued a statement on the resignation.
"I appreciate Rep. Allred's years of service to this state and will remember him as a staunch advocate for the people of Alamance County. I wish him well in his retirement," Hackney said.