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Gerry Sweet, the former lawmaker who left his position in the Idaho Legislature to become the district director of Congressman Bill Sali's Boise office, has now resigned that job, too.

Sweet, a former state senator from Meridian, was instrumental in Sali's transition from the state Legislature to Congress. Sweet submitted his letter of resignation to Sali Friday, May 11. He'll leave his post this summer.

As you might imagine, the kind words were a-flowing.

"I can't thank Gerry enough for all the work he has done to get my district offices up and running," Sali said in a prepared statement. "Gerry has done an outstanding job for me and for the citizens of the 1st Congressional District. I am honored to have his continued friendship and wise counsel. I wish him and his family the very best."

And, from Sweet:

"I am humbled to have had the opportunity to help a distinguished Idahoan such as Bill go to Washington, D.C., and represent the good people of this state.Leaving this position isn't easy, but after prayerful reflection, I know this is the right choice for my family, and I know that Congressman Sali will continue doing great things for our state."

Sali said he will name a new district director in the coming weeks.

"He apparently has an opportunity that is going to be a good choice for him and his family," said Wayne Hoffman, Sali's spokesman, who declined to give further details about the job. "Bill's got some people he wants to contact. It will be a nice, smooth transition."

Sweet was a controversial lawmaker at the Legislature, and his departure started a shuffle for seats. He gained notoriety of the wrong kind when he turned out to have been missing Senate committee votes in favor of attending gun shows.