SACRAMENTO — A Republican state assemblyman in California resigned Wednesday amid growing outrage over a videotape that caught him bragging in graphic detail about having sex with a female lobbyist and another woman.
Mike Duvall, 54, whose votes on family-oriented bills received high marks from conservatives, said he is quitting because his “inappropriate comments have become a major distraction.”
In a recording of a legislative hearing, Duvall can be heard talking about a recent escapade with a woman he says is 18 years younger. “I’m getting into spanking her,” said Duvall, who is married and has two adult children.
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Duvall (R-Yorba Linda), whose remarks were videotaped in July during a lull in a Sacramento hearing, stepped down less than 24 hours after the tape spread online Tuesday night.
In the video, the married family-values crusader talks in graphic detail about women he said he slept with — at least one of whom appeared to be a lobbyist with business before the utilities committee on which Duvall sat as vice chairman.
Duvall comes from a long line of social conservatives who has made a career of preaching morality and family values, and was a supporter of California’s Proposition 8, a voter approved ban on gay marriage.