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2-Minute Charlotte: The FBI is investigating a Charlotte congressman’s family business

Congressman Robert Pittenger speaks to the audience during a town hall meeting in Mooresville on Aug. 11, 2015
Congressman Robert Pittenger speaks to the audience during a town hall meeting in Mooresville on Aug. 11, 2015 rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

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A real estate business run by the family of U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger is apparently the subject of a federal investigation, the congressman said Tuesday. Pittenger used to be an active manager of the firm, but stepped down when he was elected a few years back. His wife is the CEO. There’s no word on what exactly the FBI is looking at.

THE BACK STORY: Pittenger is a second-term congressman representing the 9th Congressional District in North Carolina, which includes most of south Charlotte, the Lake Norman area, and suburban Union County. He took office in 2013, beating out a crowded Republican primary field and ultimately defeating Jennifer Roberts in the bid to replace former Charlotte Mayor Sue Myrick in the House. Before all that, though, he spent 20 years building Pittenger Land Investments, which buys and sells undeveloped land near urban areas.

WHY THIS MATTERS: Maybe it doesn’t matter and it’s as Pittenger says, part of the normal course of business in an industry like this. Maybe another Charlotte politician will be in legal trouble (see former mayors Patrick Cannon and now Anthony Foxx).

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