West Virginia Republican calls for governor to resign

June 10, 2019
FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2019, file photo, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a press conference at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Gov. Justice has agreed on Thursday, June 6, 2019, to pay a $1.23 million court-ordered sanction against one of his family’s companies. Justice’s lawyers and federal prosecutors said in a joint court filing Thursday that they’ve reached a deal for Justice Energy Co. to clear the fine in three payments of $410,000. The sanction stems from an unpaid 2016 fine ordered over a contract breach. In a statement, attorney Mike Carey said the debt was incurred when a Russian company owned Justice Energy Co. The debt ballooned because the Russian company’s lawyer ignored orders to appear in court, Carey said. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP, File)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A top West Virginia Republican is calling for Gov. Jim Justice to resign.

Sen. Craig Blair said Monday that the Republican governor should step down to deal with the many court cases that have dogged his businesses. Blair is chairman of the Senate finance committee.

The governor has sparred publicly with ranking Republicans over a Senate GOP education plan that has brought dozens of teachers to the Capitol in protest. Justice has said he was led to believe the bill had more bipartisan support than it did.

The governor has been beset by damaging court cases involving fines and debts owed by his private businesses.

Justice told reporters Monday that people shouldn’t focus on his personal affairs. He says the call for his resignation is ridiculous.

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