What the ad says: Announcer: "Why is Fred Smith attacking Pat McCrory? When Pat McCrory urged candidates to sign a pledge honoring Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment — Republicans don’t attack other Republicans — Smith said no.
"Then Smith turns around and attacks Pat McCrory with half-truths. He says we can’t afford Pat McCrory as governor. Wait a minute. Pat McCrory vetoed tax increases, and Pat’s leadership kept operating budget spending in line with the Taxpayer Protection Act’s guidelines.
"On the other hand, Fred Smith served in the Senate when spending increased by billions. Smith attacks Pat for one over-budget construction project? Careful there, Fred. As a highway contractor, over one-third of your company’s contracts went over budget, and two thirds didn’t finish on time."
McCrory: "The difference is leadership. I’m Pat McCrory, Republican candidate for governor, and my campaign sponsored this ad."
The background: McCrory proposed in February that Republicans in the governor’s race stay positive. Smith’s campaign was the first to run a negative ad.
Research by The Charlotte Observer turned up three tax increases that McCrory vetoed. And McCrory has championed some tax increases, such as a half-cent sales tax for transit. The claim is comparable to when Smith blamed McCrory for cost overruns in Charlotte’s light-rail system, over which McCrory has no direct oversight.
Smith’s paving company has completed 14 projects with the N.C. Department of Transportation. Five finished over budget, and nine finished late. Six of the nine late projects were completed within a month of the deadline.
Is the ad accurate? While literally correct, the accusation that Smith ‘served in the Senate when spending increased’ leaves listeners with an incorrect sense of Smith’s record. He has been a consistent advocate for limited spending.