Ethics charges dropped against state House minority leader

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An ethics complaint was dropped against Rep. Rebecca Rios. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) An ethics complaint was dropped against Rep. Rebecca Rios. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Rep. Ray Martinez was frustrated with Rios since she was planning to endorse another Democrat who was running against him. (Source: Facebook) Rep. Ray Martinez was frustrated with Rios since she was planning to endorse another Democrat who was running against him. (Source: Facebook)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

An ethics complaint has been dropped against a top Democrat in the state Legislature.

The head of the Ethics Committee, Eddie Farnsworth, sent a letter on Wednesday, saying the ethics complaint "is about a political dispute." He said the complaint didn't violate any rule or law so the matter was closed.

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The complaint came from state Rep. Ray Martinez, D-Phoenix, who claimed House Minority Leader Rebecca Rios had an improper relationship with a former deputy sergeant-at-arms, whom he claims was later forced to resign. He also claimed she was involved with a lobbyist.

[ORIGINAL STORY: Top Democratic leader at state Capitol accused of 'inappropriate relationship']

When the complaint first came out last month, Rios said most of what Martinez claimed was "campaign politics and has no relevance to the business of the House or state."

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