Symington's resignation, which takes effect tomorrow as he faces a possible 165 years in prison or $6.2 million in fines, did not come as a shock in a state that has become accustomed to political scandal. Symington was the second GOP governor in a decade to be forced from office by scandal.
PHOENIX: A small minority of state voters wish Gov. Fife Symington hadn't announced his resignation yesterday, the same day he was convicted of lying to obtain millions in loans for a now-busted real estate empire. "Some people feel his mistakes as a businessman should be overlooked because he really was turning around this state," says TIME Arizona reporter Laura Laughlin. "The irony is that he had no business success — he was broke, as we all found out later — but he wasn't a bad governor."