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Ohio House speaker backs off on call for indicted member to resign
Batchelder says the Republic Rep. Beck's case is different from Democrats who were charged
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The Speaker of the Ohio House is backpedaling on an apparent resignation request he sent last month to a Cincinnati-area representative who's been indicted. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

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Republican Speaker Bill Batchelder now says he doesn’t think he asked fellow Republican Rep. Peter Beck to resign in July after Beck was indicted on securities fraud charges. But Batchelder says he suggested that Beck consider stepping down.

“Well, it’s up to him. He was elected, I believe, three times, and he’s done a great job as chairman of Ways and Means. I don’t know the validity of these charges. I know that he is, he’s obviously disputing them.”

Batchelder says Beck has a “difficult challenge” ahead. But he adds that Beck’s case is unlike the cases of former Reps. Carlton Weddington and Clayton Luckie, both Democrats, who went to prison for ethics violations.

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