The Capitol Building looks like a bomb scene from Baghdad or Bosnia in Democrat Erv Portman's new mailer. Terrorists? Sherman? Nope, the legislature.
"The North Carolina legislature is broken. It's time for a businessman to fix it," the caption reads.
The altered image shows a corner of the Capitol decimated with several windows shattered and a pile of rubble on the sidewalk. The Democratic Party paid for the ad, which Portman approved. A spokesman said it is a stock image but couldn't identify the original image. He is seeking a state Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. Richard Stevens.
Not to mention: the legislature doesn't meet at the Capitol. Portman may need directions if elected.
In an interview Wednesday, the Democrat said he knows it's not the legislative building. "I don't know why my ad people did that. I guess it's just more iconic of state government," he said.
--Staff writer Andy Kenney contributed to this report.