McHenry has loaned $175,000 to campaign

Rep. Patrick McHenry has loaned $175,000 of his own money to his congressional campaign against Democrat Daniel Johnson.

McHenry spokesman Brock McCleary said the loan shows the Cherryville Republican is “willing to make a personal investment in his fight for good jobs and lower gas prices for North Carolina.”

But a spokeswoman for Johnson said it shows that McHenry, in his second term in Congress, thinks he hasn't raised enough money to win re-election.

“We think it demonstrates he's not getting the support he thinks he would need to stay competitive,” said Johnson spokeswoman Lauren Moore.

Michael Bitzer, a political science professor at Catawba College in Salisbury, said McHenry could be in trouble.

“He's either burning through it or the money just ain't rolling in,” Bitzer said.

McHenry raised $146,000 in the most recent reporting period that covered April 17 to June 30, the day he loaned his campaign the $175,000, giving him a total of $411,000, records show.

Johnson, an attorney from Hickory, raised $125,000 for the same period, and had $219,000 in total cash.