It had been a good debate for the third congressional district. This had been a clean campaign between Rod Young and Paul Welston. Then came a strange accusation that would haunt Rodís campaign.
Pat Keil, a reporter for a local newspaper, the moderator for the debate. "If Rod were re-elected what one thing concerns you?"
"The thing that bothers me is that he used tax payer dollars to go on vacation to Hawaii. I am concerned that he would do it again."
"Rod, what is you reaction?"
Rod's face started to turn red, his cheeks turned flush, "That is the strangest thing I have ever heard. Where is the proof?"
"Paul, would you like to answer?" asked the moderator.
Paul looked over and glared at his opponent, "I have records from the congressional billing office. They showed that you billed the taxpayers for your trip to Hawaii."
Rod shook his head in disbelief, "Again your accusation is ridiculous. There is no congressional billing office."
Paul's eyes rolled, "I have records from the congressional billing office. You bilked the taxpayers for a trip to Hawaii. The records show that you stayed at a beach resort."
"First off, I did go to Hawaii, but I paid my own way out of my personal finances. I did not bill the taxpayers for my vacation. Second, there is no such congressional billing office. Why are you making this false accusation.?"
Paul gave a false laugh, "I'm not making making this up."
"Paul, I'm a born-again Christian; the Bible says that we need to be good stewards of our finances. I have translated my personal beliefs into my public life. I have not abused my office in any way. I have always given people, upon request, a report of my expenses as Congressman. I want to be open and honest with people about everything. I have been in Congress for 20 years. I believe I have shown the people in my district that I can be trusted with their tax dollars. I think itís disgusting that you are playing dirty politics and making up a office that does not exist just because you are behind in the polls."
"Paul, would you like to respond?"
Paul color turned pail as he stood there shaking and looking off into space. He walked of stage never responding.
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