Newberry: Watson’s latest arrest doesn’t merit resignation
House Minority Leader Brian Newberry, who won his leadership post after Robert Watson’s arrest in Connecticut last year, says he doesn’t think Watson should resign his representative seat following an arrest over the weekend.
“It’s been a bizarre year at the Assembly,” Newberry says. He referred to a spate of arrests and investigations involving lawmakers, including sexual assault charges — since dropped — against Representative John Carnevale, and a fraud case involving Representative Leo Medina.
Regarding Watson, Newberry says, “This is one of those situations in my book, this is between him and his constituents — you know, whether they think he can continue to represent them.”
Meanwhile, Ted Nesi reports that GOP chairman Mark Zaccaria is also standing by Watson.