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GOP files complaint over mailer endorsing House speaker

The Rhode Island Republican Party has filed a complaint with the state Board of Elections over a former Republican candidate's campaign advertisement endorsing Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

GOP Chairman Brandon Bell filed the petition Monday asking elections officials to investigate the mailer from anti-vaccination activist Shawna Lawton, who lost September's Republican primary for the Cranston seat to lawyer Steve Frias . Lawton is now endorsing Mattiello over Frias in next week's election.

The complaint comes after the Providence Journal reported that Lawton told political allies in an online chat about a promise to support the anti-vaccination cause if she supported Mattiello.

Mattiello and his political consultant who met with Lawton say they didn't make any promises to her. Mattiello says he had nothing to do with the endorsement.



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