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Nathan Vaughn sues Tenn. Ethics Commission over dismissed complaint against Mumpower, Casada

Staff Report • Mar 19, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The Tennessean is reporting that former state Rep. Nathan Vaughn, who was the target of a controversial campaign in Sullivan County, is suing the state's ethics commission after it dismissed his complaint against two Republican lawmakers. Vaughn, who served in the House from 2002 until his defeat in November, filed the suit Wednesday in Davidson County Chancery Court.The lawsuit refers to a complaint Vaughn filed with the Tennessee Ethics Commission, accusing House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada of Franklin and House Majority Leader Jason Mumpower of Bristol of improper conduct during the election by misleading voters through Web sites under Vaughn's name.The commission dismissed the complaint in January.

Vaughn's suit accuses the commission of not having the proper number of members to make a decision on the complaint and asks for another review.

The lawsuit is the first against the commission since it was created in October 2006.

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