GOP urging Rep. Doolittle to resign.

The Hill reports that “friends and colleagues” of Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) are urging the congressman to retire at the end of his term. Doolittle is currently under federal investigation for his ties with fallen lobbyist Jack Abramoff and contractor Brent Wilkes. Former Republican congressman Richard Pombo — “who lost his seat amid ethics allegations” — has reportedly called on his “longtime friend” Doolittle “to not seek reelection in the interest of keeping the district a GOP stronghold.”