A significant piece of Republican George Holding's campaign biography is his role as a U.S. attorney prosecuting the case against John Edwards. The Raleigh congressional candidate left his role before the case went to trial -- but what does he think about the case given Thursday's verdict?
Holding's not talking.
His campaign strategist, Carter Wrenn, said Holding wouldn't comment about the case. "I don't think it's quite appropriate," Wrenn said Friday, referring questions to the current federal prosecutors.
But Holding's campaign did defend the cost of the prosecution in the May primary race. His GOP opponent Paul Coble called the Edwards prosecution political. "I think there is no question that Holding thought those two cases would take him to Congress," Coble is quoted saying.
At the time Wrenn issued a statement calling Coble's remarks "bizarre." "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," Wrenn said.
And now Holding's Democratic opponent in the 13th District is talking. "It seem like it was a stretch to convict him, as we see now," said Charles Malone. "I don't think it was the best use of taxpayer money."
Malone questions whether Holding's political leanings entered into his thinking on the case, calling it "suspicious." At the same time, Malone said public officials should be held accountable.
"It's interesting to me, though, that we spare no cost to convict people for their personal sins ... and not (prosecute) all the financial titans on Wall Street" for their behavior, he said.