A legal tussle between two Republican state lawmakers has ended, with Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point, dropping her $10 million defamation lawsuit against Sen. Mark Wyland, R-Escondido.
The dispute grew out of comments Wyland made to a Tea Party group about a lawsuit brought against Harkey and her husband, Dan, alleging that he had defrauded investors. Harkey responded by suing Wyland for defamation, claiming that his remarks had "the sole purpose of embarrassing her politically" to gain an advantage in his campaign to sit on California's statewide tax board.
Wyland has since abandoned that effort, as reported by by Cal Newsroom and confirmed by the docket record for the case, filed in Orange County Superior Court.
Both lawmakers are running for an open seat on the Board of Equalization. Termed-out incumbent Michelle Steel, who is running for Orange County Supervisor, has endorsed Harkey.