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First Head to Roll Over Baron Cohen: Pol Who Dropped Pants

Georgia Rep. Jason Spencer changes mind, will step down at the end of the month
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2018 6:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – After an initial refusal to resign, Georgia state Rep. Jason Spencer is doing just that. The Republican who pulled down his pants and yelled racial slurs during what he believed to be anti-terrorism training with an Israeli military expert on the latest episode of Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? will step down at the end of the month, according to a letter sent to Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, CNN reports. Ralston had been among the Republicans calling for Spencer's resignation given his "reprehensible" actions. "Georgia is better than this," Ralston said, while Gov. Nathan Deal said he was "disgusted" by Spencer's "appalling and offensive" behavior.

Spencer apologized for Sunday's "ridiculously ugly episode," but initially said he would remain in office until January, having lost his primary election in May. Had he done so, Spencer's eight years in office would've made him eligible for taxpayer-subsidized health insurance for life, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But the 43-year-old physician assistant representing the Woodbine area of southeast Georgia continued to feel the pressure, with talk of a bipartisan ethics complaint. It's unclear if his resignation will factor into any legal action. Last week, Spencer told the Journal-Constitution he was considering suing the show's producers, who "took advantage of my fears that I would be attacked." (Read more Who Is America stories.)

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