- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Washington state representative who also serves as statewide chairman for Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign has resigned from both positions amid accusations that he exaggerated his military service record.

“I volunteered to step down at the moment, because I don’t want these accusations to be a distraction to the candidate I hope to become president,” State Rep. Graham Hunt, a Republican, said in a statement last week.

After meeting with Republican leaders Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Hunt announced that he would also resign from the Legislature.

“I have always been open and forthright with the good people of the Second District who elected me, in an effort to affirm their faith and trust in our elected officials,” he wrote Tuesday on his campaign website. “It has become abundantly clear to me that I have much to improve upon in communicating more clearly, and understanding how my comments are received by others. None of us are without flaws, shortcomings, or mistakes. I take full responsibility for any errors I have made, and I fully accept the obligation to address them responsibly.”

House Minority Leader Dan Kristiansen said he supported Mr. Hunt’s decision to step down, adding state House Republicans “have high ethical standards and hold each other accountable,” The Seattle Times reported.

Mr. Hunt continues to say he did not intentionally mislead anyone about his military service. The Seattle Times reported last month that records did not verify his claims of being a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. He also claimed three medals the military has no record of him receiving.

In his statement, Mr. Hunt apologized to “all those who have been affected by this situation,” adding, “I hope the people of this state can forgive me for my imperfections, just as I have forgiven those who have attacked me for my imperfections.”

A Cruz campaign spokesman confirmed last week that Mr. Hunt voluntarily stepped down from his role as chairman of the campaign’s Washington state leadership team, the News Tribune reported.

“He voluntarily gave up the position,” spokesman Rick Tyler said.

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