The Wake County Republican Party has taken legal action seeking to recover $1,000 from Bill McManus, a Republican candidate for agriculture commissioner.
Chairwoman Susan Bryant told her members that McManus bought a full page advertisement on the back cover on the program for the recent convention. But his check $1,000 check didn't go through. So she filed a legal claim in Mecklenburg County.
Bryant explained in the recent newsletter: "We must make all efforts to collect this debt or it will be construed as a contribution. We cannot make any such contribution in a primary contest. So, I have sent a filing to the Mecklenburg Courts to collect this debt. I am sorry to have to go to this length, but it is not fair to the good candidates who paid for their advertising at the convention and the precinct meetings. For your information, Republican Steve Troxler is the incumbent Commissioner of Agriculture, and is on the ballot running against Bill McManus."
McManus did not return a message seeking comment. Read more about his interesting past as a Democratic lawmaker here.