Byron Mallott resigned as lieutenant governor of Alaska abruptly on Tuesday afternoon, and a statement from the governor's office only said that he made "inappropriate comments."
'Byron recently made inappropriate comments'
“It is with profound disappointment and sadness that I accepted the resignation of Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott," Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said in a statement Tuesday.
"Byron recently made inappropriate comments that do not reflect the sterling level of behavior required in his role as Lieutenant Governor," he continued. "I learned of the incident last night."
"Byron has taken full responsibility for his actions and has resigned," the governor said.
Alaska's state health commissioner Valerie Davidson was sworn in as lieutenant governor, and she released a statement decrying Mallott's actions, which are still a mystery.
“Alaskans deserve the highest standards of conduct by their elected officials," she said in the statement. "While I am deeply saddened by the resignation of Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, I am profoundly disappointed by his conduct."
She implied that the inappropriate comments had to with undermining the "respect for women."
Mallott was running for another term on a "unity ticket" with Walker, an independent.
Mallott also deleted his Twitter account Tuesday, but it's unclear if it is related to his resignation.
It appears former Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott @LtGovMallott has deleted his Twitter account #akgov #akelect— Zachary Halaschak (@Zachary Halaschak)1539729242.0
In a statement posted on the Walker-Mallott Instagram page, the campaign indicated that he was leaving the campaign and would not accept the position if elected, since his name would still appear on the ballot.
"Byron's resignation also applies to the campaign," the statement read. "Though he cannot remove his name from the ballot, he will not accept the position of Lieutenant Governor if elected."
A recent poll showed Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy with a large lead over Walker, the independent incumbent governor.