8th Congressional District

Keeping the Corruption Alive

A story in yesterday's Washington Post takes us behind the scenes of a lobbyist effort to skew the democratic process. Those familiar with North Carolina's 8th District Congressman Robin Hayes won't be surprised to hear that—once again—he buckled under pressure and sold his constituents up the river.

WASHINGTON — Lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his team were beginning to panic.

An anti-gambling bill had cleared the Senate and appeared on its way to passage by an overwhelming margin in the House of Representatives. If that happened, Abramoff's client, a company that wanted to sell state lottery tickets online, would be out of business.

North Carolina's Own Tom Delay: Robin Hayes

The Charlotte Observer (free subscription required) reminds us this week that North Carolina's 8th District Congressman Robin Hayes is bought and paid for.

Running for governor in 1996, Hayes trailed Democrat Jim Hunt in the polls and in dollars. So he visited his friend John Georgius, then-vice chairman of First Union Corp., now Wachovia. A few months later, Hayes recalled asking him for "a pretty heavy-duty" contribution to the Republican National Committee. Georgius complied.The bank gave the RNC $99,000. The same day, a Concord company gave $12,000 at the request of Hayes' campaign.

Meet Robin Hayes

Robin Hayes is delegate to the United States Congress from North Carolina's 8th district (composed of Hoke, Scotland, Richmond, Montgomery, Stanley, Anson, and parts of Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Union, and Cumberland counties) (PDF map). Congressman Hayes is serving his 4th term in the US House and hopefully, for his constituents' sakes, will be serving no more as of 2007.

In 2001, Hayes screwed his constituents by voting for legislation that would remove the ability to negotiate trade deals from Congress and put it in the hands of president Bush—legislation that threatened to exacerbate the unemployment and poverty in his district, and legislation that he promised to vote against before he let himself be bullied into changing his mind:

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