The Democrats are going after GOP freshmen Senators Thom Goolsby of Wilmington and Buck Newton of Wilson for co-sponsoring bills to repeal the plastic bag ban along the North Carolina coast.
The Democrats have produced a video featuring talking turtles with human bodies complaining about plastic bags showing up in their food. The turtles blame Goolsby and Newton, and ask why they aren't focusing on creating jobs.
The YouTube video has received more than 4,000 hits since it went up over the weekend.
The 2009 plastic bag ban effects Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties.
According to the Democratic Party, the American Chemistry Council, the plastics lobby, launched a plastics bag defense campaign last week.
Goolsby told a Wilmington TV station that “it's time we opened that discussion” on whether the disposal shopping bags should be banned. He noted that he was a surfer.
State Democratic Chairman David Parker said Goolsby wasn't seeking a discussion but repeal.
“It's what I believe surfers like the senator call a wipe-out,” Parker said. “For a freshman senator from a coastal county to attempt to repeal popular coastal environmental legislation is a major early mistake – and hopefully a lesson for him.”