Democrats Seek Resignation Of House Republican

Mar 8, 2019

Cody Henson
Credit N.C. General Assembly

North Carolina Democratic Party leaders are calling for the resignation of a Republican state lawmaker charged with cyberstalking related to a domestic case.

Court records show a misdemeanor criminal summons has been issued for two-term Rep. Cody Henson of Transylvania County. The document names estranged wife Kelsey Henson as the victim. Last week, a judge issued a long-term protective order against the legislator after determining text messages his wife received amounted to "mental harassment."

State Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin and Democratic Women of North Carolina President Julia Buckner says Henson must resign. Buckner says "any form of domestic violence or abuse is categorically unacceptable."

Henson referred a comment request to his attorney, who didn't respond to a phone message. Records show the summons hadn't been served as of midday Thursday.