Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble is quoted in an online publication saying there is "no question" the prosecution of John Edwards is political.
Coble's chief opponent for the 13th congressional district Republican nomination, George Holding, was the U.S. Attorney in Raleigh, remaining in office past his expiration date to oversee the Edwards prosecution.
Coble also referred to Holding's investigation of another prominent Democrat, former Gov. Mike Easley in another campaign finance probe. He said the Easley case was a waste of taxpayer money, noting prosecutors "didn't exactly put him away."
"I think there is no question that Holding thought those two cases would take him to Congress," Coble is quoted saying.
Carter Wrenn, Holding's campaign strategist issued this statement Friday evening:
“I’ve seen candidates say some bizarre things when their campaigns fall apart – but this one has to take the cake. Paul Coble’s actually slamming George Holding for prosecuting Mike Easley and John Edwards – and saying those prosecutions were a waste of taxpayers’ money. We just entered the twilight zone. Paul’s poll numbers have slipped. And we’re watching his campaign come unglued in front of our eyes.”
Coble's comments were published Friday in Main Justice, an online publication that covers the U.S. Justice Department.
You can check out the three candidates for the GOP primary in the 13th congressional district on Sunday. Pre-recorded debates will air from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on WTVD and NBC-17. The WTVD debate is already online at http://bit.ly/IwVXCZ.
Bill Randall joins Holding and Coble to chew on the topics of government debt, corporate incentives and unfunded liabilities.