Ravenel faces federal cocaine charges.
(CNN) – Saying he was “deeply sorry” to his family and the state, South Carolina Treasurer Thomas Ravenel resigned from office Tuesday on the day he faces cocaine charges in court.
The former state chairman for Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani was indicted June 19 on a federal charge of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He resigned the position with Giuliani last month.
Leaving the federal courthouse in Columbia after a court appearance, Ravenel said, “I’m deeply disappointed in myself for the circumstances surrounding my presence here today to due to the personal mistakes I’ve made in my life. I want to offer a heartfelt apology to South Carolina. To the people of South Carolina and to my family, I am deeply sorry.”
The 44-year-old had been suspended from his elected position by Governor Mark Sanford in the wake of the indictment. Formally stepping down, Ravenel told reporters in a soft voice, “Now in the best interest of our state, I believe I must resign the position of Treasurer of the State of South Carolina, and I have so informed the Governor, effective today.”
He took no questions as he walked to a car with his family at his side.
Tuesday was the first time Ravenel went before a judge. He has previously entered a not guilty plea through his attorneys while in rehabilitation.
– CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk