Case Closed Against Local GOP Chairman

The Florida Ethics Commission has ruled it will take no further action on a complaint that Bay County Republican Party Chairman Arthur Cullen used his position inappropriately when he was an assistant to State Sen. Charley Clary.

Sources indicated a Lynn Haven man had gone to Clary's office for help with a business problem. The allegation was made that Cullen asked the man for and received a personal loan to help with one state agency. That action could have been a violation of state bribery laws.

Although the commission found probable cause to believe Cullen used his position to get the loan while he was making contacts on the constituents’ behalf, it noted the two men's prior personal relationship as good friends. The ethics board voted to take no further action on the charges and the case was closed.