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    Paxon's Resignation Letter

    Friday, July 18, 1997

    Full text of a July 17 letter to Speaker Newt Gingrich from Rep. Bill Paxon (R-N.Y.) resigning from his appointed post in the House Republican leadership:

    Mr. Speaker:

    I hereby submit to you my resignation from your leadership team.

    As NRCC chair and as chairman of the leadership I have always acted in what I believed to be the best interests of your Speakership and our conference. I gave you my trust and my word, but since both have been cast in doubt it is clear that I can no longer be an asset to your team in this appointed capacity.

    Good luck, Mr. Speaker. I look forward to helping advance the goals of the House Republican majority as a member of the Conference.

    Sincerely,

    Bill Paxon

    © Copyright 1997 Digital Ink Company

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