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McCrory to Perdue: Ad is garbage

The latest issue in the N.C. governor's race – garbage.

Republican Pat McCrory demanded Monday that rival Bev Perdue remove a new TV ad he called “deceptive.”

The ad shows trash-filled barges in New York harbor as an announcer says, “It's trash day in New York City. What will they do with all that garbage?…

“McCrory wants to let New York and New Jersey dump their garbage in North Carolina.”

Speaking to hundreds of delegates at the N.C. League of Municipalities convention in Charlotte, McCrory said the ad “trashes not only me about garbage but you.”

“You know and I know the ad is deception,” he told N.C. city and town officials.

McCrory has said recently he would have vetoed the 2007 Solid Waste Management Act. The act, favored by environmentalists, would have restricted new landfills in the state. It was spurred by concerns that private regional landfills would turn N.C. into one of the country's top five importers of trash.

One landfill, proposed for rural northeastern North Carolina, would have buried up to 3 million tons of trash every year. That would create a mountain 270-feet high.

The bill also included new taxes on municipalities. One version carried a charge of $2.50 per ton of trash and construction debris.

McCrory opposed the bill, as did the League of Municipalities.

“We feel it was unfairly targeted at municipal residents, because the lion's share of that solid-waste disposal tax would be levied against municipalities,” said league executive director Ellis Hankins.

Hankins said the league did eventually endorse a different version of the bill. The dumping fee to municipalities was later reduced.

McCrory spoke during the league's afternoon candidate forum. Perdue, citing scheduling conflicts, spoke in the morning. Asked later about the ad, she pointed to comments McCrory made to a reporter in August. Asked by the reporter for examples of the bills he would have vetoed as governor, he cited the waste-disposallegislation.

“I would have vetoed this bill for several reasons,” he said in August, “including the fact that it cost North Carolinians jobs, hurt our economy and raised taxes. The legislation takes authority away from local government and places unfunded mandates on local officials.”

Countered Perdue spokesman Dave Kochman: “(McCrory) thinks the 270-foot high landfills are the way to create jobs and grow the economy. Bev Perdue does not.”