If you thought Republican Pat McCrory had a pretty good TV advertising campaign last year, it was because he did.
His campaign recently won the Bronze award for the third best Republican TV ad campaign in the country last year as judged by the American Association of Political Consultants as part of the POLLIE Awards. The ad campaign featured positive ads, shot in a diner or in an empty warehouse, in which McCrory talked about how things were not going well in the state, and that as mayor of Charlotte he knew how to bring people together to improve the state.
The ad campaign was produced by Strategic Perceptions Inc, a Los Angeles based firm headed by Fred Davis, who has run TV ads for the like of George Bush and John McCain's presidential campaigns. Locally, he did ads for Sen. Elizabeth Dole's 2008 re-election campaign and for Patrick Ballantine's 2004 gubernatorial campaign.
Working with Davis on the McCrory TV campaign was Brian Nick, a veteran local political operative, who now works for Moore & Van Allen.