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Ethics complaint filed against Rep. Steve Cohen's former aide

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(WMC-TV) - Action News 5 has confirmed an ethics complaint was filed against Congressman Steve Cohen's former aide, Randy Wade.

Wade, once referred to as Cohen's 'brother from (another) mother', now has an ethics complaint filed against him.

The House of Representatives Committee on Ethics stated Randy Wade "may be in violation of house rules."

Wade first noticed a change in February 15, 2013 when he endorsed another representative.

"I think that when I endorsed Representative G. A. Hardaway, I began to see the climate change. I don't think (Cohen) liked that and it took off from that," explained Wade.

The complaint stems from Wade's endorsement of Tennessee State Representative G. A. Hardaway in 2012, shortly before Wade retired from Cohen's office. Cohen endorsed Hardaway's opponent Representative Mike Kernell.

Back then, Hardaway's campaign material quoted Wade as saying, "G. A. is the go-to guy for the congressman's office."

The correspondence needs to determine:

      -if Wade used his "congressional title as part of a campaign endorsement"

      -or if he used "house resources for non-official purposes."

The committee is not making a public statement at this time and its letter ... may not hold weight in the end.

Wade retired from Cohen's office in February. Since Wade is no longer a government employee, house rules no longer apply to Wade.

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