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Oklahoma Dems Target Governor in Ethics Action

OKLAHOMA CITY (CN) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin violated ethics rules when she intervened in a doctor's disciplinary case, traveled with her husband to France and allowed her daughter to live in a mobile home at the governor's mansion, Oklahoma Democrats claims in an ethics complaint.

Filed with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission, the complaint asks for an investigation into the alleged violations.

Oklahoma Democrats Chairman Mark Hammons told The Oklahoman newspaper on Thursday they will seek a grand jury investigation "if we must."

The complaint alleges there have been public reports that the Oklahoma Business Roundtable covered a portion of Fallin's trip to France and that Fallin's daughter Christina lived for months in a trailer at the governor's mansion.

Fallin's office has said its legal counsel asked an Oklahoma medical board to conclude a long disciplinary investigation of a doctor, the newspaper reported.

Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz said the complaint is "a baseless, partisan stunt."

"Gov. Fallin's daughter is allowed to live at the governor's residence, just like any other member of her family," Weintz said Thursday. "As we have previously said, the governor's office asked the Office of the Medical Licensure Board to bring a three-year investigation to a responsible conclusion."

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