SACRAMENTO — The state's ethics watchdog agency on Thursday dismissed allegations against Assemblyman Chris Norby (R-Fullerton) that he misused campaign funds to pay for a motel stay in Orange County for personal benefit.
The state Fair Political Practices Commission overruled its chief of enforcement, who argued that Norby lied when he claimed to have checked into a motel as part of a study of homelessness issues.
"He listed the date of separation from his wife as the exact same date he checked into the motel," Gary Winuk, the commission's chief of enforcement, told the commission. "The respondent committed a very serious violation of the [Political Reform] Act."
Winuk's case was based partly on an interview Norby gave at the time to a reporter for The Times, which quoted him saying about the motel bill: "I'm surprised it was on the campaign [account]; it should not have been. And I'm going to reimburse the campaign because I was there for personal stay."