Indiana House Speaker Calls For Hinkle’s Resignation

Brian Bosma already has begun removing the six-term Republican from committee leadership posts.

Speaker Brian Bosma

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Speaker Brian Bosma says Phil Hinkle's decision not to resign is a "very severe distraction."

Speaker of the House Brian Bosma says Indianapolis Representative Phil Hinkle should resign his seat amid accusations he initiated a sexual encounter with a young man at an Indianapolis hotel. Hinkle released a statement Tuesday saying he is “seeking professional help on what turned [him] down a road of self-destruction.”  He said he will not run for reelection in 2012 – a decision he says was made last December – but he made no indication he will resign.  Still, Bosma called on Hinkle to walk away.

“His continued service is really, it’s more than a distraction, it’s a very severe distraction for a lot of folks and it’s really detrimental to the legislative process,” Bosma said.

Bosma said the House Republican leadership met last week and privately urged Hinkle to step down.  After the most recent statement from the embattled legislator, the Speaker felt obligated to publicly call for Hinkle’s resignation.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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