CNMI House Minority Leader Edwin Propst resigns

Edwin K. Propst, the CNMI House Minority Leader.

Edwin K. Propst, the CNMI House Minority Leader, has officially resigned from his post.

In a letter addressed to Speaker Blas Jonathan ‘BJ’ Attao, the Speaker of the 21st CNMI Commonwealth Legislature, Propst said that after a long discussion over the weekend with his family and friends, he has decided to resign from office.

His official last day will be Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 — to allow him time close out his office.

According to Propst, he has been at the receiving end of online attacks and that he has reached his limits.

“This job can be extremely stressful, and the attacks and cyberbullying seem to only worsen with each passing day. It can break a person down emotionally, mentally, and physically,” Propst said.

Propst thanked his district for giving him the honor to serve over the course of three terms. “I love you all and thank you for so kindly welcoming us into your homes and hearts,” he said.

Before his resignation. a private citizen brought up allegations of sexual misconduct against Propst while he was a teacher at Marianas High School and also at Northern Marianas College.

The private citizen also requested a formal House ethics investigation.