Monroe County’s Republican chairman has called for an expansion of the investigation into Congressman Joe Morelle.

Bill Napier said a volatile exchange between County Legislator Sabrina Lamar and Morelle’s son, county lawmaker Joe Morelle Jr., led to the actions taken by the congressman.

Lamar filed an ethics complaint against Morelle, saying he a call to her employer, RIT, and altered her status with her employer. Morelle has issued a public apology for his actions.  

In calling for a deeper investigation, Napier said, "An investigation is necessary to determine if the powerful father of a county legislator, acting as a weapon of political intimidation, crossed ethical or legal lines."