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House Speaker Still Quitting

November 08, 1995
By: Candyce Clifft

State Capital Bureau

Despite being cleared of wrongdoing by three leading state prosecutors, House Speaker Bob Griffin is still stepping down. Tomorrow (Wednesday) House Democrats will meet behind closed doors to elect Griffin's successor. Candyce Clifft has that story from Jefferson City...

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House Speaker Bob Griffin says he expects the Democratic Caucus to take about three hours to select the new speaker. However, others say it could go into the night.

Although Griffin says his reputation has not been damaged by the investigation, he says he's never had a second thought about stepping down from a post he's held for 15 years.

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Seven Democrats vying for Griffin's seat, and Griffin hasn't endorsed any of them.

As for why the meeting is closed to the press, Griffin says there is no law requiring it to be open.

From the statehouse, I'm Candyce Clifft.