A North Carolina state senator has just cemented his re-election bid by proving that welfare queens do exist — because he is one. While this will likely be written off as a liberal plot to destroy Wesley Meredith, documents have surfaced showing that he and his former wife applied for Medicaid and food stamp benefits in the 1990s — while the politician was pulling in a six-figure salary.
On Tuesday his opponent Billy Richardson, over whom Meredith enjoys a hefty lead in the polls, released a load of Meredith’s public and private financial and public assistance documents, according to ABC 11 — all showing that he and his former wife Elizabeth Meredith received public assistance while pulling in an income most dream of.
Cumberland County GOP chair Linda Devore said the party is awaiting a refutation of the claims. “These are serious matters, and we expect that Senator Meredith will be considerate of the impact of the issues raised by these allegations on the women, children, and families in our community, by addressing them completely and without delay,” Devore said in a Wednesday statement.
Devore said that if the allegations are true, the party expects him to repay the stolen funds. “Should the allegations prove true, we will call on Senator Meredith to accept responsibility, repay the funds, and apologize to the taxpayers of this county and state,” Devore said. “However, if Senator Meredith is being falsely accused for political purposes, we challenge voters to hold his opponent, Mr. Richardson, responsible.”
“The public deserves to learn the truth from men asking for our trust. Character and integrity matter, and our families deserve to know that those elected to represent them share their values,” Devore added.
The North Carolina Republican Senate Caucus called Richardson’s revelation”desperate and despicable” and has already jumped on the opportunity to defend its hero. “The only thing surprising about Billy Richardson’s wild accusations is that he didn’t stand on his desk and hurl them at the media. Less than 24 hours after the first public poll in this race showed him trailing by an insurmountable, double-digit margin, Richardson decided to drive his campaign into the gutter – the same place where he’s spent much of his professional and political career,” said the group.
While the GOP defends Meredith, his ex-wife says the allegations are true. “Wesley and I went to DSS and applied for Medicaid,” she said in a statement. “I did not become aware of any potential wrongdoing until my domestic attorney later brought it to my attention many years ago,” she said.