RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Sensing from the Rod Blagojevich scandal
that Senate seats are a hot commodity, North Carolina state Sen.
Eddie Goodall put his on eBay.
His price isn't a wad of cash or cushy job for himself or his
wife. All he wants is a pair of seats to next week's North
Carolina-Duke basketball game.
"I've worked for a long time so that I can trade this seat for
two tickets for a Carolina-Duke game," Goodall, R-Union, said
But what's on offer isn't actually power, influence, or his
elected position at all. Rather, his eBay ad shows a black leather
swivel chair with the Senate seal stitched into the back, vacant on
the floor of the freshly redecorated Senate floor.
Goodall's chair is personalized with his name stitched into the
top surface of the chair back, so he bought it when the Senate was
refurbished three years ago, not the state. Goodall paid $787.95,
including delivery, for the seat, and he can take it with him when
his Senate career ends, said Janet Pruitt, the Senate's principal
But even parting with such a chair could land a legislator in
hot water: A state law passed last year also prohibits "commercial
use" of the Senate seal. Goodall concedes the eBay ad is an
"I wouldn't get within miles of the tickets if somebody gave
them to me," he said. Instead, he plans to watch the game in his
room at a Raleigh hotel.
As it turns out, a person would have trouble scoring tickets to
the rivalry game for less than what Goodall paid for his chair. On
Friday afternoon sellers on Stubhub.com were asking $700-$2,400 for
seats inside Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium, which has a capacity of
about 9,000 - tiny by college hoops standards.
"In real life, I want to keep my Senate seat," said the
retired CPA, who played a season of basketball at UNC Charlotte.
But "maybe if politicians could laugh at ourselves more, people
wouldn't laugh at us as much."
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