NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An opponent of Secretary of State Ralph Mollis in the lieutenant governor's race says Mollis should step aside from an investigation into potential lobbying violations related to 38 Studios.

Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee said Wednesday Mollis declined in 2012 to investigate the lobbying of Rhode Island officials "when it was obvious" 38 Studios had lobbied.

Mollis called a hearing Tuesday after media reports raised questions about whether attorney Michael Corso lobbied for a loan guarantee for ex-Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's company. That hearing was continued.

McKee says Mollis should allow for an "independent counsel." An ex-secretary of state lawyer who is the House majority leader's cousin was hired to preside.

Mollis says he began his probe when he learned of potential violations and accuses McKee of trying to revive a "faltering campaign."