Former Assemblyman Mike Duvall officially gave up his seat Thursday as a recording of him describing graphic details of sexual trysts with two women continued to send shock waves through the Capitol.
But the married champion of family values insisted late Wednesday that his resignation is "no way an admission that I had an affair or affairs."
"My offense was engaging in inappropriate story-telling, and I regret my language and choice of words," he said in a statement posted to his campaign Web site Wednesday night. "The resulting media coverage was proving to be an unneeded distraction to my colleagues, and I resigned in the hope that my decision would allow them to return to the business of the state."
Duvall's decision to step down came shortly after two Southern California news outlets broadcast a tape of the Orange County Republican bragging to fellow Assemblyman Jeff Miller, R-Corona, about having sexual affairs with two women. The remarks were recorded by a microphone left on during a break in a July committee hearing.
Miller, who lets out an occasional laugh during the recorded conversation, said Thursday that he "wasn't really paying attention" as Duvall boasted about his lover's "eye-patch underwear" and his penchant for spanking her during sex.
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