The StarNews story about Rep. Susi Hamilton is worth more than a cursory glance. The story twice states that Hamilton was on “the back row” during her first two years in the legislature. Then tells of her having moved to the second row, much closer to the seat of power. Let’s not forget she was one of the deciding votes to overturn Gov. Perdue’s fracking veto. Becky Carney, whose famed vote to do the same, was in tears over her vote wishing she could have changed it. Now she sits two seats away from Hamilton (that’s just funny!)
The story then talks about Hamilton’s fundraising prowess “. . . Hamilton – who raised $164,000 by that point – [was] the top Democratic fundraiser in the House . . . Hamilton didn’t take any money from the Democratic caucus – she didn’t need any to win her race – and she didn’t put any of her own money into her campaign.”
Now, to be fair, she was going to win in a heavily gerrymandered district. Many other democrat candidates raised a lot of money, but didn’t win, thus they weren’t part of the article. Folks tend to bet on winners and Susi was going to win.
BUT, the funniest quote of the story is illustrative of legislative disdain for their salaries while not showing their appreciation for being in office:
“It truly is those small donations that make it worthwhile for me to go up there for $14,000 a year,” she said.
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