House leaders urge Auditor McGuiness to step down

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House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst and House Majority Whip Larry Mitchell called for Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness to resign.

They went further and said Gov. John Carney should remove her from office if a resignation is not forthcoming.

McGuiness was convicted by a Kent County Grand Jury on three misdemeanor counts related to her conduct in office. She was found not guilty of two felony counts.

Nor joining Longhurst and Mitchell was House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf who resides in Rehoboth Beach as does McGuiness.

Legislative leadership had urged McGuiness to take a leave of absence or resign.

The legislative leaders issued the following:

“We put our trust in our elected officials – especially those whose responsibility is to serve as a watchdog for the state’s finances – and when you lose that trust, you cannot serve in that position any longer. Since the auditor was initially charged, we have maintained that we should wait and let the legal process play out. It has, and the auditor has been found guilty of several crimes that call into question her fitness to serve in this office. As a result, the auditor should step down from her position and resign immediately.

“Additionally, the Delaware Constitution is clear: If the auditor will not resign, the governor must exercise the powers he has to ‘remove from office any public officer convicted of misbehavior in office.’ She cannot continue to serve in this position, and the governor can take action