Top Democrat Resigns Abruptly – Goodbye.

Pennsylvania state Sen. Steve Santarsiero resigned this month from his partnership in a law firm amid a heated legal battle over a recently reopened quarry.

Accused of a conflict of interest because of his connection with the law firm Curtin & Heefner, which represents a group opposing the controversial Rockhill Quarry, the Democrat lawmaker resigned to “avoid so much as the appearance” of impropriety.

Attorney Robert Gundlach Jr., who works for a firm representing the quarry, suggested Santarsiero may have violated a state law that prevents senators from using privileged information to financially benefit themselves or business associates.

Santarsiero countered that he was only paid an hourly wage for work brought into the firm, none of which was connected with the quarry.

Santarsiero accused Gundlach of “throwing mud at the wall to see what might stick.”

“It’s a bald-faced attempt to intimidate me into giving up the fight to ensure his clients, and the state for that matter, follow the laws as they related to the operation of the quarry,” Santarsiero said.

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