Politician: Jon Broyhill’s handling of money questioned

Apr. 25, 2013 @ 01:02 AM

The former Lenoir man accused of stabbing political strategist Jamie Kirk Hahn is being investigated for questionable campaign finance reports he made while working in 2012 for then-Rep. Brad Miller, the former Raleigh congressman said Wednesday.

Miller said he hired Hahn’s firm, Sky Blue Strategies, for fundraising help in his 2012 re-election campaign, which he later abandoned. Jonathan Broyhill, 31, worked for Hahn and would have been the principal worker with access to fundraising software, Miller said.

“Some of the things that Jon said about the campaign finances were inconsistent with other information,” Miller said Wednesday. “It’s probably the case that Jamie was asking questions on behalf of the campaign about campaign finances. I think it’s bound to be part of the investigation of Jon’s motive” for stabbing Hahn.

Miller said he does not know of any law enforcement inquiry into election money thus far.

Jamie Hahn, 29, died early Wednesday from stab wounds that police say were inflicted by Broyhill, a longtime friend of Hahn’s husband, Nation Hahn, 27. Police have not discussed what the reason for the stabbing could have been.

Nation Hahn spent part of Wednesday thanking friends on Twitter for their sentiments and condolensces, as well as posting his own thoughts and forwarding what others were saying about her.

“I have no idea what I am going to do without @jamiehahn. She was my center, my rock and my soulmate,” he wrote.

Later, he wrote, “It is almost unfathomable that the sun can shine without @jamiehahn here. Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you daily.”

A memorial service for Jamie Hahn, 29, is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh.

Nation Hahn and Broyhill had been friends since their childhoods in Lenoir, and with Jamie Hahn they shared common interests beyond their jobs as Democratic strategists, fundraisers and campaigners. Broyhill was the best man at the Hahns’ wedding, the three often watched college basketball together, and their Facebook walls show photos of them with each other at places both near and far.

On Monday nights, the three routinely gathered at the Hahn home for supper, friends said. But their gathering on Monday took a dark and horrid turn, leaving Jamie Hahn running from the house bleeding heavily from stab wounds in the abdomen. Nation Hahn received a number of cuts on his hands and arms. Raleigh police have not described a motive for the attack.

Broyhill suffered what were described as self-inflicted, non-life-threatening injuries. He remained at WakeMed Hospital on Wednesday,

Police had charged Broyhill with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury for Nation Hahn’s injuries and with attempted murder for the attack on Jamie Hahn, but Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said the department would seek to have the second charge withdrawn and “will present probable cause for an arrest warrant charging him with murder.”

News of the incident spread quickly through political circles.

“Jamie is a ray of sunshine,” said state Sen. Josh Stein, a Democrat from Wake County who knew all three from political events. “She’s always smiling. She absolutely brings cheer wherever she goes, and that this has happened is tragic.”

In recent years, Broyhill had worked with Jamie Hahn at Sky Blue Strategies, a company she founded to help politicians and advocacy- and issue-oriented campaigns with fundraising.

Broyhill was listed as a member of the Sky Blue team who brought a strong background in accounting and politics. In 2010, he managed the field campaign for Jane Dyer, a pilot in South Carolina running for a U.S. congressional seat.

Nation Hahn is well known among North Carolina Democrats as an online strategist who has helped many politicians and nonprofit organizations with direct mail and email campaigns. The groups he has worked with include the Coalition to Protect All N.C. Families, a campaign opposed to the state constitutional amendment that limits marriage to a union between a man and a woman. He also worked with the N.C. Sierra Club, the United Football League and former U.S. Sen. John Edwards’ presidential campaign.

“As a friend, this is devastating,” said Gary Pearce, a Democratic strategist who was at WakeMed with family members Tuesday. “Nation and Jamie are the finest, kindest, gentlest and most generous people you will ever meet.”

Nation Hahn, with both hands bandaged, participated in a prayer vigil Tuesday at Raleigh’s Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, where all three were active. In his only public statement since the attack, he talked at Pullen Memorial about the kind nature of his wife.

“She would be the first one to forgive this act of violence against her,” he said.

Distributed by MCT Information Services.