Democrat Walter Dalton blasted Republican rival Pat McCrory’s record as Charlotte mayor Saturday, striking a combative tone in a Wilmington debate that reflected a governor’s race so far defined by millions in negative television advertising, John Frank reports.
In the first question in the campaign’s first debate, the lieutenant governor took aim at McCrory’s support for a downtown arena that many opposed and a budget that boosted his mayoral salary amid the financial crisis. “That is not leading by example,” Dalton said, noting that he voluntarily took a furlough amid state budget cuts.
McCrory offered no response in the debate or a subsequent interview about the pay hike but he had a witty retort about the arena project. “We’ve done such a good job the Democratic Party is coming to the city,” McCrory said, invoking laughter from crowd. “The convention is coming to the arena he criticized.”
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