According to the Associated Press, Former state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno may resign from office within the next few weeks instead of staying til the end of his term.

The 79-year-old Rensselaer County Republican had previously announced he would not seek re-election. Then he stepped down from his leadership post almost immediately thereafter. He’s been in office since 1976 (and we’ve been in decline at least that long).

The AP reporters that there are several candidates angling to take Bruno’s job. The general election is Nov. 4.

Given the well-known FBI investigation into Bruno, one would have to wonder if he’s been coerced into making these decisions.