Emails between a state representative and an unemployed worker in the east ignited a war of words over jobless benefits.
Kathryn Treadway of Goldsboro lost her $15.00 an hour job last year and received unemployment, but like thousands of other North Carolinians, her benefits were cut off when the governor vetoed a bill to extend them.
Treadway lost her home and wrote a letter to legislators. House representative, Republican Stephen LaRoque of Kinston, pointed out some companies where she could apply and then offered her a job for three days at his home for $8.00 an hour. Treadway says LaRoque asked her to pick up large limbs in 90 degree weather Friday and she was unable to do it. LaRoque says Treadway was on the phone while on the job and he thinks she's lazy and only wants a government handout.
LaRoque says, "I sympathize with everybody who is trying to find work who is truly out beating the bushes, knocking on doors and trying to find the jobs. Some folks I don't believe are doing that, I don't believe they are really trying."
Treadway says, "I feel like everybody has the wrong idea about these people who need these extended benefits, we're not asking for a simple handout, we're asking for hand up."
It was just last week that LaRoque was in the spotlight when he called the state NAACP and its leader racist.