It's been a rocky few weeks for North Carolina Democrats with an eye on the seat being vacated by Gov. Bev Perdue. Several potentially formidable candidates (Roy Cooper, Erskine Bowles, Heath Shuler) took their names out of the running and former Rep. Bob Etheridge's campaign got off to a bumpy start. Now, a story about candidate and state Rep. Bill Faison's messy divorce has landed in the Raleigh News & Observer (note that Faison is not considered by most observers to be an upper tier candidate):
In her filings, Lindy Faison accuses her ex-husband of having an ongoing affair beginning in 2002 with a waitress. Lindy Faison claims she contracted herpes from him, that he was a "womanizer," that he read pornography and that he left her with tax debt on property they owned. Faison denies all that in his court filings, except for the herpes allegation, which he doesn't address.
The back-and-forth includes accusations that each was rude and unaffectionate to the other, that she either did or didn't support his political ambitions and that she was either left with all the chores on the farm they bought in 2000, or that she refused to do any work on it.
She also contends Faison was obsessed with horse breeding and eventually acquired 30 horses. She says he spent hours actively engaged in helping the horses breed, and insisted their children watch "so that they would learn about the birds and the bees." Faison denies it all.
He says in his court filings he believes his ex-wife had affairs and contends she had strained relationships with their children. He also accuses her of intentionally making him violently ill over a three-month period by cooking with wheat, knowing he has celiac disease, an autoimmune intestinal disordered triggered by gluten, the protein found in wheat. She denies all of that in a document filed in response in December.