'Inappropriate Comments' Force Alaska's Lieutenant Governor to Resign

October 17, 2018 AT 10:00 AM

By The Associated Press

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott resigned Tuesday over what Gov. Bill Walker called "inappropriate comments."

The resignation complicates what was already a difficult re-election fight for Walker, a man with whom Mallott shared a brother-like bond.

Walker, in a release, said he learned late Monday that Mallott had made "inappropriate comments" not suitable for his office.

"As leaders, we must hold ourselves to the highest standards of conduct," he said.

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