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St. Joe Dem Chairman Morgan resigns
10/17/2011 6:51:00 PM
SOUTH BEND - St. Joseph County Democratic Party Chairman Butch Morgan has resigned in the face of reports that hundreds of signatures were faked on petitions that qualified Democratic presidential candidates for the 2008 Indiana primary, the South Bend Tribune is reporting tonight. Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker confirmed Morgan's resignation in a statement this evening. The Tribune and Howey Politics Indiana revealed Oct. 9 that signatures of northern Indiana residents had been faked on multiple pages submitted from the 2nd Congressional District and specifically St. Joseph County as part of petitions to place then-Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on the 2008 primary ballot. Morgan has been the county's Democratic chairman since 1995 and Democratic chairman of north-central Indiana's congressional district since 1991.
Parker issued the following statement: "The Indiana Democratic Party has been notified of Butch's resignation. We continue to support the ongoing investigation to determine how this isolated incident occurred and hold anyone involved accountable. On a personal note, I have known Butch for nearly two decades, and I want to thank him for his longstanding commitment to the Democratic Party, its candidates, his community and our State."
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