"The Indiana Democratic Party has been notified of Butch’s resignation. We continue to support the ongoing investigation to determine how this isolated incident occurred and hold anyone involved accountable.
"On a personal note, I have known Butch for nearly two decades, and I want to thank him for his longstanding commitment to the Democratic Party, its candidates, his community and our State."
"I regret having to resign and hope no one will misinterpret the reasons for my resignation," he said in a written statement. "I have done nothing wrong and I look forward to an investigation that will exonerate me of any wrongdoing.
"It has been an honor for me to have served in these capacities," he continued. "I have worked hard to elect outstanding men and women to public office.
"In the midst of recent controversy," he concluded, "it is best that I not be a distraction to the efforts of candidates who are running for office in the current municipal elections."
The Tribune relates how the resignation flap unfolded:
He issued his statement Monday night after several confusing hours during which state Democrats were reporting his resignation and his attorney, Shaw Friedman, was saying Morgan was merely considering a leave of absence.
Indiana Democratic Chairman Dan Parker said in a news release at 6:15 p.m. that the party had been notified of Morgan's resignation.
The Tribune then contacted Friedman, who said Morgan had not resigned.
"He is considering taking a leave of absence while this matter is under review," Friedman wrote in an e-mail, "but there has been no resignation letter submitted."
The state Democrats responded by producing an e-mail supposedly from Morgan with the label "Media Release" written above Monday's date. The statement said Morgan had stepped down at 6 p.m.
Friedman looked at the statement and said it appeared to be a draft put together by a local party volunteer, but it was not supposed to be released. He reiterated that Morgan had not resigned.
Finally, about 10 p.m., Morgan released a genuine statement that he had decided to resign after local party leaders and friends had asked him to consider various options, including a leave of absence.
Yeah, message delivered, Butch, You're taking the fall for this one whether you want to or not.