COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - A South Carolina House member from Moncks Corner submitted his resignation Wednesday.
Rep. Eddy Southard issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
"After much deliberation, I submitted my resignation to the S.C. House of Representatives today. Although it was an extremely difficult decision, I felt this decision was necessary to protect my family, my honor, and the integrity of the esteemed South Carolina House of Representatives
As my record will attest, I have a strong desire for public service. I will remain dedicated to public service and continue to find ways to help South Carolina progress in the future."
Attorneys J. Preston Strom, Jr. and Bakari Sellers in Columbia issued a statement as well:
"Today, Eddy Southard submitted his resignation to the South Carolina House of Representatives.
Eddy made this decision with the advice of counsel, and understanding his resignation to be the best way to move forward. To end what became a personal and political nightmare for all of those involved.
Eddy wishes the best to everyone at the State House and to his constituents."
Sellers said they had no further comment on the resignation.
Southard won a special election in Berkeley County in 2011 to represent State House District 100, replacing former State Rep. David Umphlett who died in May of that year.