State Rep. Bill Faison, who is running for governor, held a press conference Thursday morning touting his agenda.
At the end, his daughter, Courtney Faison, took the podium. "Some of the media asked on Monday about negative campaigning and I'd like to address that issue now if I can," she began.
Her comments -- the first of their kind in her father's campaign -- came after an N&O article discussed how her father's messy divorce is likely to play in the Democratic primary for governor and followed closely with a letter to the editor she wrote in Thursday's newspaper.
"I love my dad and support him 100 percent in every way, as do my brother's and sister," she continued. "He made a very difficult decision for our family, and for the safety and well being of my brothers and sister, to leave his marriage. And he did that knowing that there may be some retaliation over that and there has been. But I admire and respect him for doing that. He put us first and always puts his kids first. I just wanted to put that out there, that we admire him and respect him a great deal and hope everyone else does as well for having done that. He stands up for us and we stand up for him as well. Thank you."
Asked to clarify her comments in her letter to the editor about her father's safety in the marriage, Courtney Faison said her father has celiac disease, an allergy to wheat. "My step-mother deliberately would make things that had that in it, which would make him sick. So it was this very scary situation," she said.