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State Rep. Ty Harrell resigns from General Assembly

Posted September 20, 2009

— State Rep. Ty Harrell, D-Wake, who is under investigation over campaign expenditures, has resigned, according to Bill Holmes, a spokesman for House Speaker Joe Hackney.

"With the recent turbulence in my personal life and continued speculation about my campaign expenditures, I do not feel that I can provide the high standard of representation that my constituents expect and deserve," Harrell said in his resignation letter submitted to Hackney on Sunday.

Harrell's spending in recent months has been called into question. Harrell and his wife have also separated amidst allegations he has engaged in extramarital affairs, according to court documents. The couple has two sons.

"Ty is to be commended for putting his children first as he works through the problems at hand. Stepping down now shows great respect for our House of Representatives and the people of his district. I wish him well," Hackney said in a statement Sunday.

Rep. Harrell, under investigation, resigns Rep. Harrell, under investigation, resigns

A campaign finance report Harrell filed earlier this month reported 165 expenditures for the first six months of this year – an unusually large number for a non-election year.

Some of the expenses include the notations "candidate obligation," "volunteer recruitment" or "donor cultivation" to explain the purpose of the expense. The Board of Elections wants Harrell to provide documentation to clarify how his campaign money was spent and to demonstrate that it was for official purposes.

Under state law, campaign money can be used only for campaign-related expenses. Money can't be spent for personal use.

An eight-page letter sent Sept. 10 to Harrell's campaign finance chairman questions hundreds of expenses dating back to January 2007, including $235 spent last November at Lamb's Ear, a high-end children's clothing store in North Hills, and $191 he spent at Sharon's Luggage. He said in his report that both expenses were for a "committee meeting."

Harrell also paid himself $500 in April for a "candidate obligation," according to the audit letter.

Hackney has asked a legislative ethics panel to examine "irregularities" in Harrell's campaign finance reports to determine if they violate ethics rules, criminal law or both.

House Minority Leader Paul Stam said the panel was scheduled to meet Monday.

"We would have received it and decided what to do in the sense of whether to have the attorney general investigate it (or an) outside law firm,” Stam said.

With Harrell stepping down, the matter is out of the ethics panel's hands and rests with the Board of Elections.

Harrell told WRAL News earlier this month that all of the expenses are legitimate. He said he's confident his actions will be cleared by the investigation.

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  • SalemWWX Sep 21, 7:02 p.m.

    "Before you know it, roving mobs of "militias" will shot anyone with any ties to any party other than the GOP in the name of "revolution" and "taking back America"."

    First of all, true conservatives don't care about party, and most are as peeved at the republican party as they are at the dems right now.
    That being said, if I have to make a choice of whom to ally with, I would choose to ally myself to those whose approach would more likely lead them to "take back America" to it's initial heritage of freedom, liberty, and the rights of the individual instead of those who would willingly subject themselves to the nanny-directives of the state rather than take their own well-being into their own hands. When the governments boot is on your throat, it really doesn't matter if it's the right one or the left one....

  • tsquaring Sep 21, 6:15 p.m.

    I don't understand, other democrats get away with it, why not him?

  • pbjbeach Sep 21, 4:09 p.m.

    RAPTOR 06

    FROM WHAT I HAVE RECENTLY READ THAT THE CHINESSE CURRENCY IS ABOUT TO BECOME THE WORLDS NEW CURRENCY BASEES FIRST THING YOU KNOW AMERICIANS WIL BE CHANGEING THEIR DOLLARS FOR THE YUAN AS THAT IT IS AN IS BECOMING THE NEW WORLD CURRENCY THANK YOU

  • pbjbeach Sep 21, 4:07 p.m.

    SINCE THAT THERE HAS BEEN SO MUCH ILLEGAL ACTIVITY OCCURING IN THIS STATE HERE OF LATE IT SEEM AS THOUGH THAT THE GOVERNOR WOULD INTINATE AN OFFICIOL INVESTIGATION INTO THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN TAKEING PLACE WITHIN THE STATES GOVERNMENT EITHER THRU THE S.B.I. OR THE F.B.I. OR BETTER YET WHY NOT BY BOTH AGENCYS THE ONLY THING ABOUT THE GOVERNOR ORDER AN INVESTIGATION INTO THINGS IS THAT SHE WOULD THEN BE IN THE POSITION TO QUASH WHAT EVER SHE DIDNT LIKE THAT WAS FOUND TO BE TRUE OR NOT DURING THE INVESTIGATIONS I AM GUESSING THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO HAVE A SPECIAL INDEPENDENT COUNSEL SET UP TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF ALL OF THE WRONG DOING TAKING PLACE WIOTHIN STATE GOVERNMENT AS IT PERTAINS TO THE POLITICIANS AN THE VARIOUS STATES AGENCY'S TOGETHER CORRUPTION ON TOP OF CORRUPTION IF THEY WERE TO REALLY DIG DEEP ENOUGHT IN TO THINGS I'LL BET THAT THE TAXPAYERS WOULD BE TRUELY STUND IF ALL TRUTHS WERE TO BE REVEALED AS THE RESULTS OF A TRUE AN IMPARTIAL INVESTIGATION THANK YOU

  • SME2 Sep 21, 3:32 p.m.

    another Democrat crook...-tatermommy52

    Seriously? Pot meet Kettle.

  • Mom2two Sep 21, 3:14 p.m.

    I can't believe no one on this blog has brought it to light yet. Where are the three cheers for his wife?

    I'll start: Hip Hip Hurray! Hip Hip Hurray! Hip Hip Hurray!

    It's about time that the "Good Wife" kicked her man to the curb for screwing around. All of these "expenditures" likely would not have occurred had he not had to use campaign funds to hide his infidelity. Whoever you are, Ms. Harrell, Thank You! Elizabeth Edwards and the trail of others could learn a few things from you!

  • jackaroo2 Sep 21, 3:08 p.m.

    kilq, wrong, what we know is that he spent $$ illegally on childrens clothing. He could just as easily have bought them for the children of his multiple mistresses.

  • 1carpe Sep 21, 2:44 p.m.

    Why is straight party voting even an option? If you don't know something about the folks on the ballot you shouldn't be voting for them based on party alone.
    turdferguson

    You are right on target. Crooks and idiots in both parties are continually elected basically because of (politically) illiterate voters. It won't change because people ususally will not take the time to research candidates.

  • Thought Criminal WS Sep 21, 2:35 p.m.

    Heck, at least this guy spent his contributors money on his children... it's not tax payer money, and it's the money of the party he belongs to. Beats flying off to Europe, Brazil, or China on the taxpayers dime.

  • Raptor06 Sep 21, 2:23 p.m.

    "d e m o c r a t !!!!"

    See, this is the problem...the "don't confuse me with the facts, because I have my mind made up" response.

    China and India have clear paths to overtake us.

    What will future historians say about the fall of the late, great USA? Two words..."partisan politics!" The fall of our great republic...I guess that's keeping "Country First!"

    George Washington was correct..political parties will primarily do what's good for them, not the Nation

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