So what does a candidate give a Big Name surrogate who comes to town to campaign for him? How about a crash course on his campaign? That's what Pat McCrory's campaign is doing for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Christie, fresh off his star turn as keynoter at the Republican convention, comes to the Charlotte area Thursday for a pair of events. He'll headline an afternoon rally in Salisbury and attend a Charlotte fundraiser for McCrory that night.
According to a draft "talking points" memo, the McCrory campaign wants to make sure Christie knows:
-- McCrory was Charlotte's longest-serving mayor "helped build the arena where the Democrats are holding.... their convention."
--The man who "worked with leaders of both parties to turn Charlotte into an economic powerhouse" wants to reform taxes and reduce regulations to bring jobs.
-- His opponent, Democrat Walter Dalton, "doesn't believe NC's government is broken.... how can he be part of the solution?" Dalton, it says, raised taxes as a state senator and would raise the sales tax. (Dalton has said he would not include a sales tax hike in his first budget, but didn't rule out an eventual hike.)
McCrory's campaign also would offer Christie advice on tax returns. Dalton has pushed for McCrory to release his. "Pat McCrory's opponent is trying to distract from his record ... by demanding Pat release his personal income tax returns," the memo said. "The only taxes voters are concerned about are the ones Walter Dalton wants to increase on them if elected."
--Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer