Elizabeth Ames Jones has resigned her position from the Texas Railroad Commission to concentrate on her effort to unseat state Sen. Jeff Wentworth in this year's Republican primary.
The move comes after weeks of hard political volleys flying back and forth between the two campaigns. Wentworth accused Jones of violating the Texas Constitution, which requires statewide elected officials to "reside at the Capital of the State" while in office. Jones countered by saying that Wentworth was attempting to deflect attention away from his "problematic record" in the Senate, and asked Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to resolve the residency issue.
With the residency battle threatening to consume her campaign, however, the two-term railroad commissioner has surrendered her seat.