HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party says he’s filing a complaint against a secretary of the state candidate for claiming to be an attorney despite not practicing law for decades.

Chris Healy filed the complaint Tuesday with the Statewide Grievance Committee saying Democratic candidate Denise Merrill has called herself a lawyer despite having an inactive California law license since 1980.

The issue was first reported by the Hartford Courant.

Merrill’s website says she worked as an attorney before running for the state House of Representatives in 1992.

The word attorney has an asterisk with the note “licensed to practice in California.”

Healy said Merrill could face a formal reprimand or fine.

The Merrill campaign had no immediate comment.

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