LITTLE ROCK — Representative Michael John Gray, Democratic Party of Arkansas Chairman, released the following statement after the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas charged Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson with eight counts of wire fraud and four counts of filing false tax returns.

“Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson should immediately resign from the Arkansas Senate. Today’s indictment reveals that he is clearly unfit to serve in elected office. Just as I called on Rep. Mikey Gates to resign, any state official indicted on criminal charges must resign because they cannot effectively represent their constituents.

“There should be no excuse for GOP Chairman Doyle Webb to defend this continued corruption in the legislature. He should join me in calling for the resignation of both Rep. Mickey Gates and Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson today.”