• Embattled state Rep. John Fresolo resigns


    WORCESTER, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – State Rep. John Fresolo (D-Worcester) has announced his resignation.

    Fresolo had been the subject of an investigation into "serious" allegations made by a House employee earlier in the year. The nature of the allegations were not known.

    Fresolo said in his resignation to House Speaker Robert DeLeo: "I am currently unable to effectively serve my district and regretfully submit my resignation, effective immediately, hoping that a prompt special election will be held to fill the balance of my term."

    The Ethics Committee's report never has to be released since Fresolo resigned. Committee members, as well as Fresolo, won't comment about exactly what allegations were being looked into. They say commenting would be a violation of House rules.

    Rep. Brad Jones called on the Ethics Committee to forward any information about any illegal activities Fresolo may be accused of engaging in to the U.S. Attorney's office or any other appropriate agency.

    FOX 25's Heather Hegedus asked Rep. Jones why legislators are able to keep the investigation under the guise of Ethics Committee rules.

    "Unfortunately, we have a set of rules that says we don't have to file that report, but my understanding is there are a number of issues and my understanding is when you look at all of those issues, there are some that go beyond what would just a breach of the rules," Rep. Jones responded.

    Fresolo's website had him listed as a seven-term congressman and a lifetime resident of Worcester.

    Fresolo's resignation is effective as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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