Florida Senate's top Democrat resigns after having an affair with lobbyist

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - State Senator Jeff Clemens (D) resigned Friday after admitting to having an affair with a lobbyist during the last legislative session.

Clemens, 47, who was the Florida Senate's top Democratic leader represented Lake Worth.

The married Democrat's affair with former Martin County lobbyist Devon West, on the Broward County public affairs lobbying team. was first reported by Politico Florida.

Clemens and his wife have entered counseling, but Clemens said that repairing his personal life while serving in a public capacity was impossible.

"Effective today, I am resigning from the Florida Senate," he said in a statement Friday. "I have made mistakes I [am] ashamed of, and for the past six months I have been focused on becoming a better person. But it is clear to me that task is impossible to finish while in elected office. The process won't allow it, and the people of Florida deserve better. All women deserve respect, and by my actions, I feel I have failed that standard. I have to do better."

The Tampa Bay Times tried unsuccessfully to reach Devon West for comment. 

It is not clear who will take over for Clemens as minority leader in the state Senate.

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