Teacher group files complaint over lookalike election ads

Posted November 4, 2014

Apple card flier

— The North Carolina Association of Educators filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections on Tuesday over handouts they say are misleading voters at multiple Wake County polling locations.

In a letter to Board of Elections Director Kim Strach, the group says the campaign committee for state Rep. Tom Murry, R-Wake, handed out fliers implying NCAE endorsed his candidacy as well as those of state Reps. John Szoka, R-Cumberland, and Chris Whitmire, R-Transylvania. They're asking the board of elections to stop the N.C. Healthy Leadership Committee from passing out the fliers.

The apple-shaped cards are similar to handouts distributed by NCAE for years. They do not explicitly say the teachers group supports the candidates. Instead, they say the NCAE supported legislation the incumbent candidates have worked on.

NCAE attorney Michael Weisel alleges in the letter that the handouts violate election laws that prohibit materials misrepresenting sponsorships and advertising authorizations.

"The materials suggest NCAE endorses these candidates," Weisel wrote in the letter. "NCAE most emphatically did not."

In a statement to the State Board of Elections, Murry's campaign said it would provide an in-depth response Wednesday requesting that the complaint be dismissed. The campaign cited NCAE support for legislation sponsored by Murry that awards educators college credit for prior military experience.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 6, 2014

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    Whatever that means...

    So, do you have a rebuttal to the actual points that s/he made?...or will you just continue to weave and dodge?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 6, 2014

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    Nice try, but you’re (typically) uninformed.

    Fact: in NC there are 42% MORE registered Democrats than Republicans.

    Fact: Before Republican Gerrymandering, NC’s leadership was 7 Dems & 6 Repubs. (This is still an unfair distribution, in *favor* of Republicans.)

    Fact: After Republican cheating, and after Dem’s got 50.6% of the vote and Repubs only got 48.7% !!!, Republicans won 9 of the state’s 13 House seats.

    Keep on cheating, Republicans. That's the only way for you to win!!!

  • echokit Nov 5, 2014


    Missing a Jack or an Ace are you?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 5, 2014

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    Why would teachers look to for help from people who don't support them?...to people who want to destroy public schools and use Our Tax money to promote their private (and 80% religious) schools?

  • John Lobenstein Nov 5, 2014
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    NCAE attorney Michael Weisel and the teachers in his group are just being sour apples. Creating victimology where none exist.

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Nov 5, 2014

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    Democrats redistricted to favor themselves for a hundred years, Rep. just did the same thing. I guess you were not ok with the GM before or are you just another libbie hypocrite?

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Nov 5, 2014

    and sport durst has ads implying they will sell you a brand new car for 99 a month. IF folks can not read and comprehend, its must be common core

  • miseem Nov 5, 2014

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    So I guess you are for mandatory prayer in schools, teaching only strict creationism, banning anything that does not meet the evangelical interpretation of science, and abstinence only sex education. Because we all know that them liberal educators and Democrats are determined to destroy this country, right? I bet they are working on pulling DNA from Lenin right now, trying to clone him and install him as dictator of the world.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 5, 2014

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    Legally, you mean, right? Ethically, you and your party seem to be fine with this. Sad. Don't be surprised if people disagree with your "family values".

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 5, 2014

    You'd think it was enough that Republicans redistricted NC to favor themselves, restricted early voting (to favor themselves), removed voting stations at colleges & other places (to favor themselves)...yadda yadda

    Well, I guess after all those things...what's a little implicit lying, huh? no biggie...as long as they win, right?

    Unfortunately, these lying & cheating values are what they want to expand for everyone. Vote Republican!