October 4, 2010
House Speaker Glenn Richardson (left) and chief of staff Jay Walker in January 2005, shortly after Republicans took control of the House. AJC
ATLANTA (AP) - A strategist and spokesman for a Republican running for Congress in southwest Georgia has resigned following his indictment in a vote-buying case in Alabama.
Jay Walker resigned Monday as a consultant for Republican Mike Keown who is running against Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop. Walker was a strategist and spokesman for the Republican candidate.
Keown campaign manager Andrew O'Shea said Walker told Keown's campaign Monday about the criminal charges and resigned. O'Shea said the GOP candidate was very troubled by the allegations.
Walker was among nearly a dozen defendants charged in an indictment announced Monday. It accuses the owner of Alabama's largest casino, four state senators and several lobbyists of conspiring to buy and sell votes to get electronic bingo legalized.