RI Rep Says he Won’t Resign, Will Run Again

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island state Rep. Daniel Gordon says he won't resign despite extensive legal troubles, and he's planning to run for re-election.

The Portsmouth Republican told WPRO-FM Tuesday that he would “absolutely not” step down unless his constituents demand it.

House leaders of both parties have called on him to do so after his history of legal troubles was revealed. He spent last weekend in prison before appearing in a Massachusetts court Monday to
answer multiple charges, including trying to elude a police officer in 2008. He said he was working for his constituents while in custody.

He called an old attempted murder charge that was later dismissed the result of a “spat.”

He said he was “self-medicating” after serving overseas in the Marine Corps and had “issues.”