And this time it's personal:
State Sen. Fletcher Hartsell Jr. spent nearly $100,000 of his campaign’s money in 2011 and 2012 paying off debts on at least 10 personal credit cards, according to new campaign finance reports. Hartsell, a lawyer and influential Republican from Concord, was unopposed in both the primary and general election campaigns.
First of all: should we even call it a campaign if you have no opposition? I think it should be formally termed a waltz, and it wouldn't hurt to have some Strauss playing in the background when one of these folks enters a room. Opposed or not, when the money just keeps coming in, you gotta spend it on something.