The tift between lieutenant governor candidate Dan Forest and the State Employees Association of North Carolina continued Tuesday, when the union said members complained about receiving a fundraising email from him.
“It’s shameful that, in addition to Forest's agenda to deny thousands of women access to live-saving cancer screenings, he is wasting taxpayer dollars by sending emails to public employees, desperately asking for political donations ‘in any amount,’” SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope said in a statement emailed to news organizations.
Forest has targeted state employees in university, prison, court and other departments, SEANC says.
The spat began sometime after SEANC endorsed his Democratic opponent, Linda Coleman, and then bought a commercial accusing Forest of being an extremist who would “deny women access to birth control and life-saving cancer screenings.” That is based on a candidate questionnaire in which Forest opposed state funding for Planned Parenthood.
Forest’s campaign shot back that the commercial was “shameful,” noting that his father and grandfather died of cancer, and his mother, U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, had breast cancer.