According to lastest FEC report Republican 11th CD candidate Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta has debt of $263,170 including $65,000 owed to Legacy Bank in Harrisburg that he says he is making the payments himself. The dean of local political reporters Borys points out that Barletta sent out a fundraising letter last November asking donors to help retire the debt but He has not paid off a cent yet. His campaign Manager Vince Galko said that will happen soon.
Barletta's Republican opponent, Chris Paige, charged that "The undisputed and indisputable reality is that Barletta is taking money from his campaign and putting that money into his own pocket."
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