Senate candidate files ethics complaint against opponent Hise

SPRUCE PINE – Candidate for NC Senate District 47 David Wheeler filed an ethics complaint with the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement against incumbent Sen. Ralph Hise, of Spruce Pine.

According to campaign finance filings online, Hise still has not resolved his issues with the State Board of Elections. Greg Flynn, an independent government watchdog in Raleigh, filed two complaints in March 2017.

In the ethics complaint Wheeler contends Hise has filed false claims creating an overpayment of funds. According to documents obtained from a public records request, Hise has filed for hourly pay at Mayland Community College and filed overlapping claims for time serving in the NC Senate.

Wheeler complained,“From my review of the records, Mr. Hise is claiming both pay and benefits for days he is not working.”

In Feb. 2018, for example, the documents show Hise was paid by Mayland for 12 days and the Senate for 22 days.

“There are only 20 working days and a total of 28 days in February,” Wheeler wrote. “He is receiving pay for 34 days, and this is not an isolated incident.”

The review of Hise’s pay during his entire tenure in the state Senate from Jan. 2011 to March 2018 alleges over-payment throughout. Wheeler included Hise’s pay summaries received from Mayland Community College and the North Carolina General Assembly with his complaint.

A hearing has been scheduled in September.