Wednesday, 05 September 2007 20:08
A second person with ties to 10th District
Congressman Patrick McHenry has been criminally charged.
31-year-old James Brett Keeter had a blood alcohol level of
.13 when stopped by police in Gastonia. Keeter has been charged with driving
while impaired. The incident occurred just before 4 a.m. Sunday.
A written statement from Jon Causey, McHenry’s chief of
staff expressed the office’s disappointment. Keeter’s actions do not “adhere to
the principles and standards” of McHenry’s office, Causey wrote. He goes on to
say he’s confident Keeter will learn from his mistake and turn it into a
“constructive, positive influence in his life going forward.”
Early this summer, campaign worker Michael Aaron Lay
was indicted by a Gaston County grand jury for two counts of election fraud.
26-year-old Lay accepted deferred prosecution last month and is serving six
months of probation.