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Meck GOP to Perdue: Run ad here

Leaders of the Mecklenburg County Republican Party on Thursday challenged Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue to broadcast her latest campaign ad in Charlotte.

Lee Teague, chairman of the county party, dispatched a letter criticizing Perdue, the Democratic candidate for governor, for the ad. The commercial, which is running in Eastern North Carolina and Greensboro, accuses Perdue's Republican opponent, Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, of putting Charlotte's transportation interests ahead of the rest of the state's and suggests he will neglect rural areas' road needs.

“You have a history of saying different things to different groups, and I guess this is just one more example,” Teague wrote. “When you opened your Charlotte campaign headquarters, you promised to help Charlotte get road money without our city leaders having to come to Raleigh and play ‘Mother may I.' Now you are running a television ad in other parts of the state attacking Charlotte for wanting more road money. What hypocrisy.”

Perdue spokesman David Kochman wouldn't comment on whether the ad will appear in Charlotte, but he said McCrory has played divisive politics, both inside and outside Mecklenburg County.

“All parts of North Carolina have pressing needs in transportation and many other issues,” Kochman said. “But while Pat McCrory wants to rob Peter to pay Paul, Bev Perdue knows that North Carolina is strongest when all 100 counties are strong.”

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McCrory vows openness, says he'll fight corruption

McCrory unveiled his own government reform plan Thursday, pledging to create an Office of Open Government and to work to bar state employees from donating to state candidates.

“As governor, I will shake up state government by establishing a culture of honesty, integrity and transparency,” McCrory said in a news release. “Corruption and fraud will not be tolerated.”

The proposal comes two weeks after Perdue laid out an eight-point plan that called for immediate changes on campaign reform and government efficiency.

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” Perdue spokesman David Kochman said. McCrory is coming out with proposals, he added, “many of which Bev Perdue has been talking about for months.”

McCrory hits on similar themes, although he blames Perdue, outgoing Gov. Mike Easley and other Democrats for creating an inaccessible state government during the past eight years.

If he takes office in January, McCrory said he would immediately adopt an ethics code for the Governor's Office – one that expands beyond what current ethics laws require, according to campaign manager Richard Hudson.

Associated Press