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GOP group to launch ads against Perdue

Posted August 29, 2008

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— A Republican group is expected to become the latest outside player to enter the television ad battle in the North Carolina gubernatorial race.

A group linked to the Republican Governors Association plans to launch a series of spots next week attacking Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, the Democratic candidate for governor. The ads cost close to $3.5 million.

Although the ads haven't been released yet, they're already stirring up political tension. Perdue's campaign fired a pre-emptive strike Friday, criticizing the outside group's support of Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory.

"Pat McCrory has said he wants to change the political culture, and he's bringing in and allowing George Bush and his special interests to come into North Carolina with open arms," Perdue spokesman Tim Crowley said.

McCrory's campaign and Republican consultant Carter Wrenn called Perdue's protests hypocritical.

"She's been doing the same thing. She's got the Democratic groups in Washington spending a couple million dollars to help her, and then McCrory does it and she goes out and has a hair-pulling fit and says it's terrible," Wrenn said.

The Alliance for North Carolina, a group funded by the Democratic Governors Association and the political-action committee of a teachers union, has run ads against McCrory for several weeks.

"Bev, again, does not like the outside ads coming in, but again, they're here and we would like to make sure they're fact-based, issue-based," Crowley said.

Both candidates said they want to clear the air of negative ads. McCrory challenged Perdue to sit down and discuss the truth behind the ads, while Perdue proposed a state trust that would fund only positive campaigns.

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  • ifcdirector Aug 29, 2008

    Purdue is four more years of Easley and four more years of the same back room dealings she has done nothing to stop during her tenure in the legislature but continue.

  • The Fox Aug 29, 2008

    And they forgot to mention the MoveOn.org ads. pbjbeach, congratulations on you retirement and your obviously public school education.

  • pbjbeach Aug 29, 2008

    I am a newly retired state employee an i say to bev you get what you pay for didn't you know that cozing up to the special instrest an working in a bipartison way with the repub's would come back to bite you in the back-side don't ever ever trust a republican. but bev you have been just to close with the specila instrest/ (code for republicans) so now dont come crying when they stick one in you back-side. if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen. yes i am aloyal democrat but you have been just to close an have given them anything their little hearts desire. i guess it is just time for the left wing to regain control again then these right winger will straighten up an fly right. i say go OBAMA & BIDEN

  • ridgerunner Aug 29, 2008

    Bev cannot have it both ways.