Rep. Stephen LaRoque "helps" one of his 99er constituents:
"Most anyone can find a job if they can pass a drug test and are physically able to work," he wrote. "I have tried to find people to do yard work but it seems most are too good for manual labor. Based on the tone of your email it is not difficult to see why you can’t find a job."
This is only part of a shameful e-mail exchange LaRoque had with one of his constituents in reference to the unemployment benefits Republicans have tied to their draconian budget proposals. And desperate as she was, she took him up on his insulting offer:
"For your information sir, I can pass a drug test and am not opposed to manual labor," Treadway replied. "If your yard happens to be within 20 miles of Goldsboro, by all means I'll be over there with a rake and shovel first thing tomorrow morning."
"If you really meant that you would be willing to work in my yard, then plan to come tomorrow morning," LaRoque wrote. "I'll pay $8 per hour. Let me know if you are serious."
Which lasted for about an hour. I can only imagine what he put her through during that time, but this gives me an inkling:
"It was just too much. I'm not used to doing manual labor, and the crap he wanted me to do was something two men would do," she said after leaving.
Of course it was. If LaRoque isn't aware of how unethical it is to take advantage of a constituent's economic misfortune, he'd also be clueless about how to safely employ said person. And that's simply looking at it from a labor standpoint, and not factoring in political gamesmanship.