Paulding County’s House District 19 is once again in the news and not for a good reason. The Republican nominee for the District 19 seat, Paulette Rakestraw Braddock, has a history of poor choices with fiscal issues.
- In 1999, Braddock faced charges of insurance fraud. Accused of altering receipts of totaling more than $1700 to be included in an insurance claim, Braddock opted for the pretrial diversion process which involved a fine and some community service.
- Braddock filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2007 for debts owed by her business, Atlanta Marketing Solutions. The 20 largest amounts listed on the bankruptcy petition were almost $225,000.
- In January of this year, Xerox filed a complaint against Braddock (and filed suit in July) for $800,000 owed by Atlanta Marketing Solutions.
People make unwise decisions, like altering receipts for an insurance claim. Sometimes businesses incur insurmountable debt that results in a bankruptcy filing. Bad business decisions can cause people to find themselves in debt and in court. Separately, these things are bad choices and unfortunate personal issues. Combined they show a trend of fiscal irresponsibility on the part of a self-proclaimed fiscal conservative. By the way, I don’t think too highly of Will Avery, her Democratic opponent, either.
If she is elected, how should District 19 residents expect her to handle the state’s budget crises when she has a history of being unable to handle her own money problems? Braddock is yet another example of how a vote for the Republican on the ballot isn’t necessarily a vote for a fiscal conservative.