Cooper ad says McCrory 'playing politics' with crime lab

Posted October 2, 2016 1:03 p.m. EDT
Updated October 2, 2016 8:48 p.m. EDT

— Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper has put a new ad on the air striking back at Republican accusations that he mismanaged the State Crime Lab.

With more than a month to go before the election, Cooper's handling of the crime lab as attorney general continues to be a centerpiece of GOP attacks against him, so it's no surprise to see him seeking to undercut that line of attack.

Cooper's new spot, which first aired on broadcast television in North Carolina on Sunday, features three county sheriffs: Charles Blackwood of Orange County, Michael Andrews of Durham County and Calvin Woodard Jr. of Wilson County. All three are Democrats, much like the sheriffs featured in a recent spot for GOP Gov. Pat McCrory are all Republicans.

The ad pushes back against accusations that Cooper was responsible for a backlog of DNA test kits discovered early in his tenure.

"Gov. McCrory should stop playing politics with crime," Blackwood says in the spot's kicker.