Kissell files complaint against ex-aide who may run against him

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -  A new political party called North Carolina Families First (NCFF) proudly submitted more than 35,000 signatures to the Mecklenburg board of elections today in an effort to make history.

NCFF wants to add Wendell Fant's name to November's ballot, so that he can challenge Congressman Larry Kissell, and an independent candidate has never appeared on the ballet for Congress in North Carolina.

But there's one very large hurdle in NCFF's way - Fant has not agreed to run in the election. He was absent at an NCFF press conference today.

And Kissell has filed an ethics complaint against Fant, who happens to be a former employee.

In a letter to the chair of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct obtained by WBTV, Kissell said Fant used his official title and government computer to work on his own Veterans Administration case, which, if true, would be a violation of House rules.

Kissell also said Fant failed to report outside employment at a mortgage marketing company.

NCFF says Kissell is just trying to knock out a potential opponent.