The Huffington Post had this on Friday, about Republican state Rep. Stephen LaRoque of Kinston hiring more unemployed workers $8 an hour to do yard work for him.
LaRoque had gotten a lot of attention a month ago last month for his angry response to a Goldsboro woman who pleaded with LaRoque to restore unemployment benefits for herself and thousands of other North Carolinians. She took him up on his offer to do yard work for him, but only did so for an hour because she said he was unreasonably expecting her to move large tree limbs and do work that was beyond her physical capabilities. LaRoque has refuted that, saying that he was having her do simple tasks like weeding and moving twigs, not large branches.
The HP article included an exchange between LaRoque and an Indiana woman who urged him to have sympathy for people struggling as a result of the nation’s economic woes.
LaRoque’s less-than-sympathetic response is below.
“I’m sorry you and everyone else who is unemployed aren’t working,” LaRoque wrote back. “I wish every abled bodied person would have a job. However, I had nothing to do with the economic situation that anyone finds themselves. I tried to help this person and she offered to come and do yard work at our house. … I even offered her husband the same work but he had to go back to her parents house because they own a plant farm and they were having a big sale yesterday. Maybe she feels it is fine for her husband to work for $8 an hour but she is too good for that. No wonder we have so many illegals in our country.”