BOSTON (AP) - BOSTON (AP) -- Embattled Massachusetts House Speaker SalvatoreDiMasi says he's stepping down amid mounting questions of ethicsviolations.
DiMasi, who holds one of the most powerful positions instate government, sent a letter to his House colleagues yesterdaysaying his resignation would be effective at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
The resignation comes after allegations a close friend usedtheir relationship to push ticket-scalping legislation and paid offhis in-laws' legal bills.
Along with his letter, DiMasi sent out a list of hisaccomplishments. He has been speaker since 2004. He was firstelected to his House seat representing the North End of Boston in1978.
To read Speaker DiMasi's full resignation letter tolawmakers, CLICK HERE.
And now that DiMasi has announced his resignation, the fight tobe his successor is heating up. The way Democrats John Rogers andRobert DeLeo handled a potential succession gives insight into theway the two longtime state representatives would be if they wontheir chamber's top job themselves.
Rogers, a brash upstart from Norwood, e-mailed a statementlast Friday saying "when" DiMasi resigned, he would be a candidateto succeed him.
DeLeo sent out his own statement hours later, suggestingsuch talk was premature.
The gesture may show the Winthrop Democrat, who serves aschairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, hasalready secured the 81 votes necessary to succeed DiMasi.
An election is scheduled for Wednesday.