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Claims dept: McCrory's 'Henry' radio ad

Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory's new radio ad criticizes Democrat Beverly Perdue for her negative ads. before hitting her in his own.

What the ad says:

Henry: Hey ... aren't you Pat McCrory?

Pat: Yeah.

Henry: I'm Henry.

Pat: Hi Henry.

Henry: Pat ... been hearing some negative stuff about you from Bev Perdue...

Pat: Yeah, I heard three of her negative ads about me just today and heck I wouldn't even vote for me after hearing them

Henry: Then why don’t you go after her?

Pat: Bev, She believes she can get elected by tearing me down. I believe in telling you what I'm going to do as a leader ... and not untruthfully attacking my opponent?

Henry: So what about that Yankee garbage?

Pat: It's pure Garbage, Henry. It's so ridiculous. No one including me wants to dump garbage in our beautiful state.

Henry: What about our roads?

Pat: Well, our roads are a mess. Bev Perdue has proposed taking road money for things like a teapot museum. This is the culture of corruption that I want to change. I'll fix our roads and build a good system interconnecting the whole state.

Henry: I heard Speaker Joe Maveretic say you couldn't believe a word Bev Perdue says ... guess he's right...

Pat: Yeah and he was a respected Democrat leader. I'd appreciate your vote for positive change.

Henry: You got it, Pat.

Pat: I'm Pat McCrory, candidate for governor and I approved and paid for this ad.

The background: McCrory proudly proclaims that he hasn't run negative ads and essentially repeats that in this ad ... moments before he attacks Perdue.

McCrory and the N.C. League of Municipalities opposed legislation restricting landfills that could import trash from other states, but their opposition was based on a tax it imposed on cities and towns not because anyone wanted to ship in garbage.

As lieutenant governor, Perdue does not help write the state budget, including in 2005, when the budget included a $400,000 appropriation for a then-proposed teapot museum in Sparta. That money was arranged by then-House Speaker Jim Black, who also received campaign contributions from museum supporters.

Former House Speaker Joe Mavretic, a Democrat, has repeatedly questioned Perdue's trustworthiness. Perdue pledged to join a bipartisan coup in 1989 to oust then-House Speaker Liston Ramsey with Mavretic. The morning of the coup, Perdue backed out. Mavretic still won the vote.

Is the ad accurate: Yes and no. There is no evidence Perdue played any role in the teapot museum money. She doesn't even vote on the budget unless there's a tie, which there wasn't. The claims about Mavretic's views and McCrory's defense of his thoughts on roads and landfills is accurate, however.

— Mark Johnson


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Re: Claims dept: McCrory's 'Henry' radio ad

Mr. Besse, I have to take exception to your taking exception to the analysis of McCrory's response. That that was a pretty good analysis. McCrory's opposition was chiefly to the tipping fees, and to say that he was slam dunk against the entire concept is simply untrue. Further, the analysis Mark did was NOT a reinterpretation of his position and it isn't unsupported.

What's worse though, is Perdue's claim that she stopped garbage from being imported. She did no such thing. Neither did the bill, and neither does the bill. She's trying to make it sound as though she accomplished something that neither candidate or any of the provisions of that bill COULD accomplish. Interstate waste is a matter of commerce, and the law isn't going to allow flow control provisions that prohibit it.

Re: Claims dept: McCrory's 'Henry' radio ad

McCrory has flip-flopped here. He cannot handle the truth; he cannot tell the truth; and he cannot recognize the truth. You papers can endorse him all you like, but please be fair and don't let him get by with this lie, too!

Re: Claims dept: McCrory's 'Henry' radio ad

Mr. Besse, I hope that I may assume that you as a former state wide candidate as a democrat is not pressuring you to support someone as corrupt and unfit for the job of governor as Bev Perdue.

Re: Claims dept: McCrory's 'Henry' radio ad

Mark, I have to take strong exception to your analysis of McCrory's response to the landfill ad. His opposition to the bill, as stated to media at the time, was far broader and more absolute than any narrow reference to the tipping fees issue. You're allowing him to do an unsupported late re-interpretation of his stated opposition. Further, you always note the NCLM's opposition to the bill in its original form, and you fail to note that it later withdrew its opposition to an amended form of the bill. McCrory never did, did he? Let's be accurate and objective here. I hope that I may assume that your parent media corporation's endorsement position in this contest (pro-McCrory) is not being permitted to pressure your reporting staff's analysis.

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