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ANCHORAGE - State Sen. Scott Ogan resigned Wednesday, citing the turmoil surrounding an effort to recall him from office.
"The ongoing controversy surrounding the recall process has diverted my attention and the attention of my constituents to the point it adversely affects my daily activities as a senator," he said in a resignation letter to Gov. Frank Murkowski.
The letter was released by Ogan's office. Ogan could not be reached for comment.
"At this time, I feel that it may be in the best interest of my constituents to have representation without the uncertainty and distraction that currently surrounds my tenure," he said in his letter.
Ogan, R-Palmer, a 52-year-old cabinet maker and business owner, was the subject of recall effort by a group of Matanuska-Susitna Borough residents, the Ogan is So Gone Committee.