Top U.S Senate Aide resigns in a prostitution sting.
Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire said she was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the arrest of her top aide and long-time friend.
David Wihby, an aide to Ayotte resigned following his arrest.
Wihby, state director for Sen. Kelly Ayotte, was arrested at a hotel in Nashua on Friday.
He was charged with one misdemeanour count of solicitation of prostitution.
The Globe and Mail reports:
“David obviously cannot continue his duties, and I have accepted his resignation,” Ayotte said in a statement. “This is a very difficult time, and my thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved.”
Ayotte, a former state attorney general, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. She is expected to face a tough 2016 reelection battle in a state where support tends to swing between Republicans and Democrats.
Wihby, 62, is also a school board member in Manchester, the largest city in New Hampshire. He had previously served as a city alderman for 18 years.
Wihby is a close friend of Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, prominent Republican leader in the state.
“My heart is heavy,” Gatsas said in a statement on Monday. “David Wihby and I have been friends for almost 50 years. He has dedicated much of his life to public service and done a lot of good for a lot of people.”
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