* 5:26 pm - And here we go…
State Sen. Suzi Schmidt will stay in office and seek re-election, she announced today, despite a recent controversy over her 911 call to request special treatment in a marital dispute.
“I believe I can and will continue to serve the citizens of Lake County with the same dedication and energy I’ve had for the past 25 years, and the issues in my personal life will not prohibit me from doing the job they elected me to do,” she said. “I am continuing to circulate petitions to run for re-election in 2012, and I hope I continue to earn the support of the citizens of the 31st District.”
Schmidt, a Republican from Lake Villa, again apologized for her “wrong” behavior,” and said she has begun counseling “to help in resolving the issues in my personal life.”
On Sept. 26, Schmidt called Lake County Sheriff’s police, identified herself as the former county board chairman, and asked them to “ignore” her husband if he called during a marital dispute, adding that he might be afraid of her because of her “connections.”
*** UPDATE *** From Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno…
“After a period of reflection, Sen. Schmidt has announced her decision to continue to serve the constituents of the 31st District. Most importantly, she has clearly accepted responsibility for her inappropriate behavior in dealing with a very difficult personal situation. She has acknowledged that her actions were wrong and has asked for the forgiveness of her constituents. She assures me she is taking the appropriate measures to continue to address these issues while maintaining her focus on the needs of the district.”