An Illinois state representative is resigning due to cybersecurity issues that have ensued over the past few days, the first known elected official to do so for such reasoning.
“It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve the people of the 81st district for the past four years in Springfield,” State Rep. Ron Sandack said in a statement provided to Capitol Fax. “But after some cyber security issues arose, I began to re-evaluate my continued public service.”
He then pivoted to talk about other priorities besides public service, like “being a father and husband” for his family.
Sandack’s social media accounts unexpectedly disappeared last week, which was a red flag since he is famous in Illinois politics for not only being a committed Republican leader, but a heavy user of Twitter and Facebook.
State House Republican Leader Jim Durkin told Capitol Fax that he conversed with Sandack personally. “I spoke with Ron yesterday afternoon and respect his decision to resign. I am grateful for the work he has done collectively on behalf of our caucus and for his constituents. He will be missed.”
The particulars of Sandack’s resignation and the cybersecurity issues at hand are still unknown.
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