UPDATED: Republicans gave a liberal group taunting GOP gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory a taste of their own medicine Wednesday.
The mascot treatment.
Progress North Carolina Action has traveled the campaign trail with a staffer wearing an owl costume carrying a sign that says "Hoo Pays Pat?" -- a reference to McCrory's refusal to release his tax returns or list of clients from his law firm that lobbies state government.
At a protest at N.C. Republican Party headquarters in Raleigh, the Progress owl was met by another owl -- this one from the GOP who carried a sign that says "Who Pays Hootie?"
Progress North Carolina, like other political nonprofits, does not release its list of donors. The N.C. GOP filed an IRS complaint against the group and a cadre of other liberal organizations saying they violating their nonprofit status by doing political work.
The competing owls apparently mind each other, though the episode surely ruffled some feathers.