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Afternoon Read: Virginia Delegate Resigns After Affair

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    Virginia Delegate Dave Englin, a Democrat from Alexandria, announced that he would be resigning from his seat effective Aug. 31 to focus on rebuilding his family after he admitted to cheating on his wife in April.

    When he first admitted to his affair, he said that he would not seek another term but made no indication that he would be resigning.

    Englin wrote in his resignation letter Thursday:

    In April, I announced that I would not seek another term in elected office in order to focus on rebuilding my marriage and my family. That remains my highest priority, and I have concluded that the time has come for my family and me to leave public life. Therefore, earlier today, I submitted to the House Clerk, the Speaker, and Governor McDonnell my resignation from the House of Delegates, effective August 31. To ensure the best possible stewardship of taxpayer resources, I also conveyed my hope that Governor McDonnell will schedule the special election to coincide with the general election on November 6.

    * Gov. Bob McDonnell is scheduled to appear at a fundraising event with Mitt Romney over the weekend in Utah.

    The governor returned from a trade trip in Europe on Wednesday.

    * Ousted UVA president Teresa Sullivan called on the campus to be civil in the heated weeks since her unexpected forced resignation, according to The Washington Post.

    “I know that emotions are running high on Grounds, but there is no excuse for abusing anyone with whom you disagree,’’ Sullivan said in a statement to The Post.

    She also had encouraging words to say to her interim replacement, Carl Zeithaml, who comes to the presidency after leading the commerce school.

    “Let me say in particular that Mr. Carl Zeithaml has been an exemplary member of the University community, and he and his family in no way deserve abusive language,’’ she wrote. “The Board of Visitors is made up of dedicated volunteers, and abusive behavior toward them or anyone else is destructive of our community’s values."

    * The Richmond Times-Dispatch obtained emails between UVA board members Helen Dragas and Mark Kington sent in the weeks before Sullivan was ousted. The emails reveal the direction the board is trying to take the University.

    Read some of them here.

    * The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics has dropped the "ethics" and is now officially the D.C. Board of Elections.

    But this doesn’t mean the District is forgoing an ethics overseeing body in the government.

    Instead, according to The Post, under the city’s new ethics law the new Board of Ethics and Government Accountability will handle the matters that previously fell under the jurisdiction of the “ethics” portion of the BOEE name.

    * The latest Obama ad airing in Virginia: