Embattled state Rep. Eric Turner announced Friday (Sept. 20) he will resign from his seat after the November election to take a job with a Christian megachurch training group in Atlanta.
The Associated Press reported that Turner’s timing in stepping down means his seat will be in the hands of the Republicans if he survives a challenge from Democrat Bob Ashley, a long-time contributor for RVBusiness. Three weeks ago, House Speaker Brian Bosma announced plans to strip Turner of his title as House speaker pro tem.
Bosma ordered an investigation by the House Ethics Committee which found Turner had not technically violated any ethics rules, but instead exposed loopholes in the state law. Bosma later wrote in his announcement of removing Turner from leadership that the lawmaker had exposed “irreconcilable conflicts” that would be addressed in ethics legislation during the 2015 legislative session.
Turner did not address the scandal in a lengthy news release Friday afternoon, but instead ticked off a list of legislative accomplishments.
“It has been the honor of my life to represent constituents of my district in the Indiana House of Representatives,” Turner said. “I will forever treasure the opportunities I have had to make Indiana better.”
Turner holds a major stake in Mainstreet Property Group, a company run by his son that builds high-end nursing homes. Mainstreet would then sell the new homes, at a sizable profit, to a Canadian company also run by Turner’s son. The Turners sold the Canadian real estate holding company to an Ohio company last month for $2.4 billion.
Democrats, meanwhile, had begun using Turner’s woes as campaign fodder for the November elections, shortly before Bosma said he’d strip the leadership position.