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Democratic guilty by association at the Capital Grille?

UPDATED: For a time it was a symbol of one of the biggest corruption scandals in North Carolina history: the bathroom at Charlotte's Capital Grille restaurant. That was where prosecutors said then-Democratic House Speaker Jim Black accepted cash bribes from a group of chiropractors.

On Monday, Republicans invoked that rendezvous in attempt to link Lt. Gov. and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Walter Dalton to Democratic corruption.

State GOP Vice Chair Wayne King joined Mecklenburg County Republican chair Gideon Moore and a handful of supporters outside the Capital Grille, where Dalton had been scheduled to hold a campaign strategy meeting with Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and others. That meeting was canceled, but not before Republicans announced plans to demonstrate outside.

And demonstrate they did, holding signs with pictures of Dalton, disgraced former Sen. John Edwards and controversial state party Chairman David Parker. "NC Failure Team," one poster read.

"I was wondering if Mayor Foxx and Lt. Gov. Dalton were going to get a bathroom to have their meeting," King told the only reporter who showed up.

The Dalton meeting was to be invitation only. King called it a "secret meeting" that was "abruptly canceled.

Said Dalton spokesman Schorr Johnson: "Despite their manic rantings to the contrary, the lieutenant governor's schedule is based on balancing a robust campaign with his official duties, especially during the legislative session."

The Democratic Party also highlighted this video featuring Republican nominee Pat McCrory praising Black's leadership.

--Jim Morrill and John Frank, staff writers


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Isn't Capitol Grill in the

Isn't Capitol Grill in the same building as Pat McCrory's firm, Moore Van Allen. Did you know Moore Van Allen is the second biggest lobbying firm in the state?

Everyone will agree

Pretty much everyone reading this will agree with your comment as it is written.   Of course the phrase "these people" will be interpreted quite differently by roughly half of those reading it.

A desperate, pitiful display of GOP nonsense

This is, without a doubt, one of the silliest, most childish, inane stories I have read in a long time.  Could anyone reading this honestly say that these people are fit to lead this state?

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