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“But I won’t forget where the goal posts are. I still have them in sight and I will indeed press on,” Mr. Rowland said in his first remarks since acknowledging last week that he had misstated the source of funds for work done to a vacation home.

Once a rising star in Republican politics, Mr. Rowland now is fending off talk of impeachment and questions about his ethics, honesty and ability to govern.

“There’s been no time in our history that the governor’s seat has been in such jeopardy of losing its credibility, integrity and character,” said House Majority Leader James Amann, a Democrat.

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