Former lawmaker McMaster charged with burglary

I’m seeing several news reports out there about Joe McMaster, brother of Henry, being arrested and charged with burglary.

Joe McMaster

Joe McMaster

Here’s The State‘s version.

I was struck by the fact that none of the reports so far have mentioned that Joe is not just the brother of a politician. Joe himself served in the Legislature a few years back. He briefly held a House seat — I want to say just one term — before being defeated for re-election by Joel Lourie in 1998.

He represented District 78, the same seat held today by Beth Bernstein.

I wasn’t positive at first that he was the McMaster brother who held the House seat until I saw the mug shot released by the county jail, and thought, yep, that’s Joe. A little worse for wear, mind you, but that’s Joe. (In his defense, I should probably say what the character Ives said when a German remarked negatively on a POW ID photo of him: “I’d like to see one of you under similar circumstances.”)

Anyway, I thought that detail was worth taking note of…

7 thoughts on “Former lawmaker McMaster charged with burglary

  1. Jeff Mobley

    Wasn’t it Henry McMaster himself who once held that seat? Or perhaps they’ve both held it?

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      Yeah, I think it was just Joe.

      Folks, Jeff was the Republican nominee who ran against Beth Bernstein for that seat in the recent election….

  2. Jeff Mobley

    Well, actually, Joan Brady held that same seat for a little while until Beth unseated her in the 2012 election.

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