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Ethics Commission: Hutchinson's postage-gate not a problem

Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Cindi Hutchinson is in the clear after using $4.32 of city postage and supplies for a campaign mailer for her since defunct mayoral race.

The Florida Ethics Commission found no probable cause to believe that she corruptly misused city resources for her campaign, according to findings the commission released this week.

Hutchinson withdrew from the mayor's race in September saying after nine years on the commission she planned to look for a career outside of city politics. Hutchinson said she has a job lined up that she will start when her commission job ends in March. She won't reveal what it is but says it is not with any entity that has business before the commission.

Last summer, the Broward state attorney's office announced it would not prosecute Hutchinson for using a city envelope, label and $4.32 in postage.

"I am very relieved that they too saw it was just a mistake,'' she said.



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I hope Christine Teel feels some shame in this as she continued to try to question the integrity of Hutchinson. The city lost a good hardworking commissioner. I am glad that the ethics commission had the sense to see it was a mistake.

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