RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A representative of electric car maker Tesla has been booted from a Virginia board overseeing car dealers in the latest skirmish between the company and the state's powerful car dealer association.

A Republican-controlled Senate panel voted Tuesday to remove Tesla representative Cody Arnett from the state's Motor Vehicle Dealer Board.

The move came at the request of the Virginia Automobile Dealer Association, which said Arnett's recent appointment by former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe violated state law. Tesla says Arnett's appointment was legal.

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New Castle County would pay $9 million for the old General Motors plant on Boxwood Road near Newport.

The site was supposed to have housed a facility for Fisker Automotive – a deal that fell through when financing collapsed.

Councilman George Smiley said the county is looking for some kind of manufacturing but not an automotive company.

County Executive Tom Gordon told the Wilmington News Journal that he was looking to attract high-paying jobs.