UPDATED: The N.C. Democratic Party debuted a website Tuesday attacking Pat McCrory, the likely Republican gubernatorial candidate, for "pay-to-play" politics and operating as a lobbyist without disclosure.
The claims -- which appear at TeamMcCrory.com -- come as a number of Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue's former campaign associates remain mired in legal trouble.
The website -- first previewed last week on Dome -- shines a spotlight on McCrory's work since he lost the 2008 governor's race to Perdue. The former longtime mayor of Charlotte is now employed at the Moore Van Allen law firm. McCrory, whose title is the senior director of strategic initiatives, is not a lawyer or a registered lobbyist.
But Democrats make the case that the law firm, which does lobbying work, and McCrory's close ties to legislative leaders makes for a questionable relationship. "Team McCrory has assisted Pat McCrory in finding a way to spend nearly all his time on politics and campaigning, while making a substantial personal income- and he does it all behind a shroud of secrecy," the website states.
Republicans have rejected Democrats claims as frivolous, noting the legal cloud surrounding Perdue and suggesting it the party's attack would only remind voters of the governor's troubles. "That website doesn't even qualify for the age old question: 'if a tree falls in the woods does anyone hear it?' retorted Rob Lockwood, state Republican Party spokesman. "In reality, it's nothing more than a relatively mute cry for relevance by the criminally-plagued, lost-in-the-political-wilderness Democratic Party."