Yes, I made those donations. If you skip down to my name, and you’ve paid any attention to the Republican primary election for district attorney, you know what I’m talking about. If not, let me explain.

Arthur Donadio is a Republican candidate running for district attorney. Since his opponent has nothing of substance upon which to criticize him, his campaign has focused its attention on past political donations.

Arthur and I were married for 14 years and have been separated for over five years. As many couples do, we had mingled finances. Arthur ran his law firm, and I ran our household. I paid the bills, donated to charity, and made several political donations.

It may be difficult to believe in our current state of deep political polarization, but we had a mixed marriage: I’m a Democrat, he’s a Republican. I donated several times to Barack Obama, and possibly other candidates. I honestly don’t remember every donation I’ve made in two decades.

Since our separation, we have continued to support each other and raise our child together. In March 2019, I made a donation to ActBlue, a grass-roots platform for Democrat candidates and causes, using one of Arthur’s card numbers, which I had access to for child support needs. I considered the donation no different than ordering from Amazon or paying a bill, something I had done countless times before.

I do not regret any donation I made to Democrats, but I do regret getting Arthur caught up in a hailstorm of criticism he does not deserve. I encourage your readers to look past this red herring and consider the experience, qualifications, and ability to do the job in question.

Arthur Donadio is a man of integrity, he’s the best candidate for the job, and he’s got my vote.

Tricia Donadio, Southern Pines

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