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Dems accuse GOP lawmaker of vote-buying for gas

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Democrats have accused a Republican state lawmaker of vote-buying in a protest against rising gas prices.

Republican state Sen. Len Suzio participated Thursday in a protest organized by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political action group that paid a Meriden gas station to offer cheap gas as criticism of President Barack Obama's energy policy.

Jonathan Harris, executive director of the Democratic State Central Committee, said the party has filed a complaint with the state Elections Enforcement Commission. He says Suzio was seeking to get around campaign spending limits.

Suzio says he was not electioneering though a nearby banner urged motorists to vote Obama out of office.

Gas, which is selling at about $4 a gallon in Connecticut, was sold briefly at the lower price of January 2009 when Obama took office.

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