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Ethics panel may scrutinize Rep. John Tierney

Congressional agency refers undisclosed complaint for inquiry

Reviving a contentious issue from US Representative John Tierney’s bruising 2012 reelection battle, the House Ethics Committee on Friday said it is considering opening an investigation into the nine-term Salem Democrat.

The committee was responding to a report on Tierney from the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent agency that refers complaints to Congress when it finds there is “substantial reason to believe a violation may have occurred,” according to the office’s website.

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