Lt. governor resigns over ‘inappropriate comments’

Just weeks before Alaska voters decide whether to give their governor another term, the state’s lieutenant governor tendered his resignation.

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Byron Mallott, a Democrat, cited “inappropriate comments” in his resignation letter to Gov. Bill Walker, an Independent.

Details about the nature of his comments were not immediately available, but Mallott wrote that he “placed a person whom [he respects and reveres] in a position of vulnerability.”

He went on to say that he takes “full responsibility for this action” and is seeking “healing” for the affected individual.

Walker said he learned of the behavior on Monday, adding that Mallott “realized the impact of what he’d said” and “thought it was appropriate for him to resign.”

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