State Rep. Sean Ramaley today dropped out of the race for state Senate while maintaining he is innocent of charges that he accepted a no-work state job during his House campaign.
Mr. Ramaley, D-Economy, held a press conference this afternoon to announce the withdrawl.
He had been running for state Senate against Republican Elder Vogel Jr. for the right to replace state Sen. Gerald Lavalle, who is retiring.
Mr. Ramaley, 33, was charged three weeks ago with holding a no-work job as an aide to former state Rep. Mike Veon while Mr. Ramaley was making his first bid for office in 2004. The charges against him grew out of a state grand jury investigation into bonuses paid to state employees for Democratic Party campaign work. Mr. Veon and 10 state House Democratic aides have also been charged.
Mr. Ramaley today said the charges, brought by Republican state Attorney General Tom Corbett, were politically motivated.
His attorney said Mr. Corbett should have waited until after the election to bring the charges.
The Democratic Party has until mid-August to pick a replacement.
More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.