The Maryland Democratic Party asked the Office of Congressional Ethics on Tuesday to open an investigation into U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett and Maryland Republican Party Chairman Alex Mooney over Mooney's dual role as a candidate and a congressional staffer earlier this year.
The Democrats pointed to records showing that Mooney notified the Federal Election Commission he would be a candidate for the 6th District seat long held by the Republican Bartlett. Mooney, who decided not to run when Bartlett said he would seek re-election, filed paperwork saying he intended to carry over funds for a possible run in 2014.
Mooney subsequently became a part-time community outreach director on Bartlett's staff but failed to withdraw his candidacy papers until questioned about his status by The Washington Post. Under House rules, a candidate to succeed a congressman can't be a paid member of the representative's staff.
The state GOP chief said last week that he made a mistake by failing to notify the Federal Election Commission that his campaign had ended before accepting the job with Bartlett, a 10-term congressman who is facing his most serious challenge yet from Democratic businessman John Delaney in a redrawn district.