Republican George Holding is a clear favorite for the 13th Congressional District. So instead of telling his story in a new radio ad, Holding spends a minute telling Thomas Edison's story.
The tie in for Holding's FDR-styled fireside chat: "America was built was by people like Thomas Edison. And that spirit -- not the government -- will rebuild our economy."
(Holding is sitting on a load of campaign cash, so expect more chats.)
Holding, a former U.S. attorney, faces Democrat Charles Malone in November. Malone issued a press release Thursday criticizing his opponent for recent remarks to the Rocky Mount newspaper about the election being a choice between "unlimited opportunities and possibilities or a country with unlimited handouts without regard for cost.”
“It is easy to make simplistic statements about opportunity and possibility when one grows up surrounded by wealth," Malone said. "Not every American can rely on personal wealth to cover medical bills, college tuition, etc. Mr. Holding can. We don’t begrudge his family’s success, but question whether someone with a viewpoint that assumes those receiving government assistance are asking for unlimited handouts is out of touch with a large majority of the 13th District?”