- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash (AP) - Former state Rep. Geoff Simpson has resigned from the state Gambling Commission after receiving opposition to his gubernatorial appointment from members of the Senate over a 2008 domestic-violence arrest.

The Seattle Times reported (http://bit.ly/1hdJOBO) that Simpson informed Gov. Jay Inslee of his decision in a letter Wednesday. Simpson, a former Democratic member of the state House, had been appointed to the commission last August and started the job while awaiting Senate approval.

Republican senators, especially Janea Holmquist Newbry, said they opposed the nomination due to the allegation that Simpson pushed his ex-wife while visiting their daughter at Seattle Children’s Hospital. An assault charge ultimately was dismissed with prejudice.

In a Tuesday night letter to senators Simpson said that it was unfortunate “when people use dismissed allegations of the serious crime of domestic violence to help them carry out political undertakings.

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