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NC ethics panel clears Rep. Moffitt

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

The State Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against Republican Rep. Tim Moffitt of Buncombe County brought by his political challenger.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that 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 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.

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

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