The Associated Press reports that North Carolina State Senator Julia Boseman, who has twice introduced bills to regulate video game sales, smoked pot as an elected official and is in default on the mortgage for a vacation home.
The revelations surfaced in the fallout of a split between Boseman, a Democrat, and her partner.
From the AP story:
During a child custody hearing in December, Boseman testified she had problems with drugs at the tail end of her relationship with her then-domestic partner. Details of her financial troubles... surfaced last week during a different court hearing, when it was disclosed the couple had failed since last August to make the $7,156 monthly payments on their $1.3 million home... The home is scheduled to be auctioned June 25...
According to a transcript of the December hearing, Boseman said: "In probably September of 2003, is when Melissa walked in, and I was smoking marijuana. At that point, I went to counseling to try to get help with that and other problems."
Boseman was a New Hanover County commissioner in 2003.
As GamePolitics reported, Boseman proposed video game legislation in 2005 and 2007. Neither bill succeeded, although the 2005 measure was passed overwhelmingly by Boseman's State Senate colleagues. The bill eventually died in North Carolina's House of Representatives.
Boseman, up for re-election in November, told the AP:
After deep personal reflection and professional help, those things are behind me, and I've rededicated myself to my family and my work... I have little doubt that my political opponents will once again try to make my private life a public issue... I guess we'll see in November.
UPDATE: The Wilmington Star-News has more on Sen. Boseman's issues.