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Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory

WHAT THE RADIO AD SAYS

AUDIO: “Henry: Hey … aren't you, Pat McCrory?

“Pat: Yeah.

“Henry: I'm Henry.

“Pat: Hi, Henry.

“Henry: Pat … been hearing some negative stuff about you from Bev Perdue…

“Pat: Yeah, I heard three of her negative ads about me just today, and heck I wouldn't even vote for me after hearing them.

“Henry: Then why don't you go after her?

“Pat: Bev, she believes she can get elected by tearing me down. I believe in telling you what I'm going to do as a leader … and not untruthfully attacking my opponent.

“Henry: So what about that Yankee garbage?

“Pat: It's pure garbage, Henry. It's so ridiculous. No one, including me, wants to dump garbage in our beautiful state.

“Henry: What about our roads?

“Pat: Well, our roads are a mess. Bev Perdue has proposed taking road money for things like a teapot museum. This is the culture of corruption that I want to change. I'll fix our roads and build a good system interconnecting the whole state.

“Henry: I heard Speaker Joe Mavretic say you couldn't believe a word Bev Perdue says … guess he's right…

“Pat: Yeah and he was a respected Democrat leader. I'd appreciate your vote for positive change.

“Henry: You got it, Pat.

“Pat: I'm Pat McCrory, candidate for governor and I approved and paid for this ad.”

WHAT THE RECORD SHOWS

McCrory proudly proclaims that he hasn't run negative ads and essentially repeats that in this ad … moments before he attacks Perdue.

McCrory and the N.C. League of Municipalities opposed legislation restricting landfills that could import trash from other states, but their opposition was based on a tax it imposed on cities and towns not because anyone wanted to ship in garbage.

As lieutenant governor, Perdue does not help write the state budget, including in 2005, when the budget included a $400,000 appropriation for a then-proposed teapot museum in Sparta. That money was arranged by then-House Speaker Jim Black, who also received campaign contributions from museum supporters.

Former House Speaker Joe Mavretic, a Democrat, has repeatedly questioned Perdue's trustworthiness. Perdue pledged to join a bipartisan coup in 1989 to oust then-House Speaker Liston Ramsey with Mavretic. The morning of the coup, Perdue backed out. Mavretic still won the vote.

IS THE AD ACCURATE?

Mostly. There is no evidence Perdue played any role in the teapot museum money. She doesn't even vote on the budget unless there's a tie, which there wasn't. The claims about Mavretic's views and McCrory's defense of his thoughts on roads and landfills is accurate, however.

Staff Writer Mark Johnson
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