UPDATE March 14: Brian Turner says he has filed complaints with the N.C. State Ethics Board and the N.C. Board of Elections. He declined to provide a copy of the complaints and declined to answer questions about them.
Complaints filed with the ethics board are generally confidential unless, in the case of a public official, there is a hearing. Hearings are open, and all records related to the hearing become open records after the hearing. I’m checking on whether complaints filed with the elections board are public.
ORIGINAL POST March 13, 20:23: Brian Turner, the Democratic challenger to Republican N.C. Rep. Tim Moffitt in Buncombe County’s House District 116 contest, said Thursday night that he’ll file formal complaints against Moffitt in the wake of growing scandal over a conversation the two had last month.
On Monday, Ashvegas reported details of last month’s conversation between Turner and Moffitt, a meeting brokered by Republican Buncombe County Commissioner David King, who was also present at the meeting. Turner said Moffitt asked him to withdraw from the race. Turner said he declined.
In follow-up stories by other media outlets this week, Turner said Moffitt told him he wanted to focus on a run for speaker of the N.C. House and didn’t want to be distracted by a contest at home. Moffitt went on to suggest that Turner serve the state in another capacity, such as head of UNC TV, and suggested that UNC TV headquarters could be moved to Asheville, though that would require a vote by a separate state board, according to Turner. Moffitt also warned Turner that third party groups would be out to ruin his reputation, Turner said.
Earlier in the week, Turner said he met with state Board of Elections officials, his staff and outside counsel and decided not to file a formal complaint. Turner said he didn’t want to get bogged down in a “he said-he said” battle.
But after the crush of media attention, Turner told Ashvegas Thursday night that he’d changed his mind.
“David and Tim came forward with their statements, and I think it’s one thing to talk to the media and tell your version, and I think it’s another thing to submit in a sworn affidavit what was said,” Turner said.
“I feel very comfortable and confident in submitting that statement,” Turner added.
Turner declined to comment on statements he’d read and heard from other media outlets.
Turner said he plans to file complaints with both the state Board of Elections and the N.C. State Ethics Commission.