- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The State Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against Republican Rep. Tim Moffitt of Buncombe County brought by his political challenger.

The commission found there was no probable cause that Moffitt violated state law or the Ethics Act during a meeting with Democrat Brian Turner, The Asheville Citizen-Times (https://avlne.ws/1mUFvms ) reported.

The two men face each other in the November election.

Turner has said Moffitt asked him to drop out of the race during a meeting at a restaurant in February. Turner said Moffitt told him he wanted to focus on running for speaker of the House rather than his re-election effort.

Turner said Moffitt suggested Turner would be rewarded if he quit and punished if he did not. He said it appeared he would be offered a job running UNC-TV. He said he was threatened that outside groups would destroy his reputation and that of his family if he stayed in the race.

Turner said Moffitt violated laws dealing with people offering or accepting something of value in exchange for political support.

The Ethics Commission found no evidence to support Turner’s claims.

He would not comment because he had not yet heard from the commission about the decision.

Moffitt said he knew the charges were not true.


Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com

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