[ALSO: Check out Dan Savage’s poll, ” What Will Richard Curtis Say?” Choices include: “I have a drinking problem and I’m going into rehab. Really” and “I’m not gay but my dick is.“]

Guess he wasn't able to salvage things politically — he couldn't even manage to get his colleagues to give him a bad seat in the back with the frosh Dems — the old Bob Allen treatment. (KIRO):

A Republican state legislator who repeatedly voted against gay rights measures resigned his seat Wednesday amid revelations he had sex with a man he met at an erotic video store while in Spokane on a GOP retreat.

In a written statement, Rep. Richard Curtis, of La Center, said that while he believes he's done a lot of good during his time in the Legislature, “events that have recently come to light have hurt a lot of people.”

“I sincerely apologize for any pain my actions may have caused,” he wrote. “This has been damaging to my family, and I don't want to subject them to any additional pain that might result from carrying out this matter under the scrutiny that comes with holding public office.”

…House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, said that as more “troubling” details began to emerge “it has become clear that he can no longer effectively represent the constituents who elected him.”

His resignation was delivered to Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday afternoon. A Republican successor will be chosen by county Republican leaders, and will serve until the 2008 election.

Numerous efforts to reach Curtis or his lawyer, John Wolfe, by phone have been unsuccessful.

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Pam Spaulding

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