Paul Stanley's letter of formal leavetaking to the state Senate was somewhat austere. He warmed up a bit — some might say a bit much — in his goodbye letter to his network of political supporters:
I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and gratitude for your support during my legislative tenure in the House and Senate over the past nine years. As a result of poor personal decisions I have made, my wife and I reached the decision to resign from the State Senate effective August 10, 2009.
First and foremost, I humbly ask your forgiveness for my indiscretion. The public criticism I have received thus far is well deserved. Even before these matters became public, I have been concentrating my efforts on rebuilding and repairing the damage I have done to my wife and two great children. They (and not me) are the victims in this situation, and I am to blame. I recognize that it is my actions that have brought this embarrassment on my family.
I humbly ask, not for my sake, but for theirs, to respect my wife and children’s privacy as they are truly innocent and should not suffer the humiliation or embarrassment for my wrong doing and indiscretion.
For my errors I am very sorry, and I will continue to make amends. Admitting failure is difficult but necessary if one expects to ever better themselves by allowing God to work His will in their life. Giving myself to Him and rebuilding my family relationships are now the focus of my life.
My future course is uncharted, and I will rely exclusively on prayer and the advice and input of my wife on which course I personally and professionally travel. Finally, many have critized me for violating pro-family stances I have taken on a number of issues. I firmly believe God’s standards are where they have always been. Just because I fell far short of those standards, does not negate the standard set by God.
All I simply ask for is your prayers for my family and their healing. Again, thank you for your support and friendship, and I hope our paths will cross again in the future.
Senator Paul Stanley