My Turn, Your Turn: Political wardrobes

By Gary McNair - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Something happened this week that put a little smile on my face.

At the very least, it showed the difference between how the sexes are treated may not be as vast as we think.

Do you remember the big deal in the presidential campaign about Sarah Palin's wardrobe? It was discovered the Republican Party spent close to $200 thousand dollars on her clothes and makeup.

At the time, supporters of Palin said it was no big deal.  A male candidate, they argued, would never be treated to such scrutiny.

Well, guess what?  Turns out they were wrong.

The male is William Breazeale.  He ran for the Congressional seat that covers most of our viewing area.

Monday it was revealed he used campaign money to buy - you guessed it - clothing - like suits and ties.  It was only a $1,000, but it was enough to get a complaint filed on him with the Federal Election Commission.

It's not a big deal, and Breazeale says he paid the campaign back after his treasurer questioned it.

Good for him, and good for all of us to know that in this case men and women were treated the same.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at your