The Lowell Sun reports the judge on Thursday found there was no sufficient basis to file the order against Democratic Rep. Rady Mom in connection with what happened at a restaurant this month.
Sam Meas claims Mom responded angrily when he tapped his shoulder to say hello. Meas alleges Mom grabbed his neck and pressed a fist against his chest.
Mom's lawyer, John Cox, says several witnesses disagree with that account. He calls the complaint politically motivated.
The lawmaker says he greeted Meas with a "normal handshake."
Mom is an acupuncture therapist who in 2014 became the first Cambodian-American elected to a U.S. state Legislature.
This story has been corrected to show the challenger's name is Sam, not Randy.
Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, http://www.lowellsun.com
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