COMPLAINT AGAINST GREENFIELD REPUBLICAN DISMISSED
(DES MOINES) The House Ethics Committee voted unanimously to dismiss with prejudice a complaint against Greenfield Republican Clel Baudler.
Richard Lee reported from the statehouse that dismissing with prejudice means the same complaint cannot be brought up before the committee again. Pro-medical marijuana activist Mike Pesche filed a complaint after Baudler admitted to lying to a California physician to obtain a prescription for pot, but the Ethics Committee decided that the action did not fall under their jurisdiction.
Baudler says he is glad the ethics complaint has been resolved in his favor. But, he says if you think it’s going to make him “think twice” about pulling a similar stunt in the future, you’d be wrong.
“Hell yes I’m planning something, I’m not going to let this die,” said Baudler. “As long as there are medical marijuana people or the people that want to legalize marijuana are around and I’m around, I’ll not let this rest.”
Baudler won’t say what he is planning, only saying, “stay tuned.”
Mike Pesche of the Iowa Clemency Project says, of course, he is disappointed.
“I guess it’s not unethical in the state of Iowa to break the law if you’re a lawmaker, that’s what they just ruled here today, no ethics was violated and I don’t see how that is even possible,” said Pesche. “At least I would have went to the next step to have an investigation.”
Pesche said he had gone into the Ethics Committee Wednesday thinking there was a fifty-fifty chance his complaint would be upheld. He said he’s considering his options for any future actions.
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