House Speaker Thom Tillis, the Republican nominee for Senate in North Carolina, cast doubt that Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) voted for the stimulus knowing that her husband would benefit from that vote.
Tillis’s comments expressing doubt during a Senate debate on Thursday night follow Politico reporting that Hagan’s husband’s manufacturing company benefited from stimulus funding.
“Do you think she voted for it knowing she would profit sir?” Tillis was asked during the debate.
“I doubt it,” Tillis said. “But the real question is the judgement after you make a vote. Should you really have actually taken that extra step to have your family benefit from it.”
Republicans have repeatedly called attention to that as a line of criticism of Hagan. Hagan, throughout the debate and since the report, has maintained that she took the proper ethical steps to make sure there was no conflict of interest.
The TPM Polltracker average finds Hagan leading Tillis by 3.2 points.