RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement (NCSBE) has postponed a hearing for North Carolina Senator Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell). According to WBTV their questions of whether the investigation was finished instigated the postponement.
Hise’s alleged campaign finance violation was scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, despite an incomplete investigation. In March 2017, Greg Flynn, a government watchdog in Raleigh, filed complaints with the NCSBE alleging the senator pocketed roughly $10,000 from his campaign account in an overpayment of a loan to himself..
Previously Hise’s attorney requested the hearing be postponed because Hise’s mother—Shirley Hise, who served as his campaign treasurer—is hospitalized and undergoing treatment for cancer. The letter said Shirley Hise’s testimony was key to the senator making a “full and fair presentation to the Board.”
“As Chair, I am not inclined to delay the entire matter to an unknown date,” Penry wrote, noting that the case had been pending for well more than a year. Hise is up for reelection in November.
Specifically the hearing for Hise, who is up for re-election on November’s ballot, would take place on the first day of early voting.
Penry, the board chairperson, noted that he had originally requested the matter be placed on the September agenda to be considered but was told by staff the matter was not yet complete.
“There’s nothing nefarious about it, I hope you understand,” Penry said.
The Hise hearing is likely be postponed.