Rep. Karamatsu Resigns from No. 2 Position - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Rep. Karamatsu Resigns from No. 2 Position

HONOLULU (AP) - Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu has resigned from his position as vice speaker of the state House of Representatives following his DUI arrest.  

Karamatsu, who has represents Waipahu and Waikele, says he felt he had to step down from the No. 2 position because he would be a disruptive influence.

Speaker of the House Calvin Say has demoted Karamatsu effective immediately.

Karamatsu was arrested October 16 with a blood alcohol content of more than twice Hawaii's legal limit for driving.

Majority Leader Kirk Caldwell, who represents Manoa, was named interim vice speaker of the House.

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