Republican Robert Pittenger's latest mailer hit mailboxes Tuesday. One mailbox belonged to Jim Pendergraph.
The headline: "Jim Pendergraph's Guide, How to Get Rich in Politics."
The part that galled Pendergraph, who pulled a folded copy of his pocket at a forum Tuesday night, was on the inside.
"Jim Pendergraph has been living off the taxpayers for his entire adult life," it said.
Pendergraph, an Army veteran, was a police officer for the city and county before being elected Mecklenburg County sheriff in 1994. He retired from that job in 2007 and worked briefly for the Department of Homeland Security in Washington.
At the forum, he said he took the criticism "on behalf of" every person in military uniform, every cop on the street and every sheriff. The crowd of Iredell County Republicans applauded.