OTTAWA—In the end, disgraced Sen. Don Meredith jumped ship so he couldn’t be forced to walk the plank.

Meredith, who has been under fire since 2015 for his sexual affair with a teenage girl, finally declared his intention to resign from the Senate on Tuesday — just one day before his colleagues were poised to kick him out in an unprecedented vote.

He deliberated up to the 11th hour, according to his lawyer, and ultimately decided to step down in the midst of the Senate’s Tuesday session, which was his last chance to show up and speak for himself before his expulsion could go to a vote Wednesday.

“I am acutely aware that the upper chamber is more important than my moral failings,” Meredith said in his written statement.

“This is a constitutional fight in which I will not engage.”


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