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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beverly Perdue.

WHAT THE RADIO AD SAYS

AUDIO: “Bill: Hey, Henry.

“Henry: Hey, Bill.

“Bill: What are you doing?

“Henry: Reading my mail. Got another brochure from that mayor of Charlotte, Pat McCrory.

“Bill: I got that, too. I'm surprised he even thinks us folks out in the country can read …

“Henry: … or have indoor plumbing.

“Bill: McCrory sure has been insulting to us.

“Henry: I know. I read in the paper that he said Charlotte's getting ripped off, and he'd take money away from rural highways…

“Bill: …Oh, you're kidding.

“Henry: Why, Bill, he even questioned whether we should pave roads in small towns and rural areas.

“Bill: And you know, McCrory's the guy who wants to let New Jersey and New York ship their garbage down here to North Carolina.

“Henry: Pee yew. Of course now he's trying to change the subject and look tough on immigration.

“Bill: Yeah, but I saw where McCrory admitted he paid illegal immigrants to work on city projects in Charlotte.

“Henry: I guess McCrory's found two country boys who can't get fooled.

“Bill: Henry, McCrory's going to find out on Election Day who the fool is.

“Perdue: This is Bev Perdue, candidate for governor and I sponsored this ad. Paid for by Bev Perdue Committee.”

WHAT THE RECORD SHOWS

McCrory has repeatedly criticized the formula that governs how state road dollars are spent. He has complained the formula does not adequately account for population. McCrory has said metropolitan areas should get more, meaning rural areas would get less.

The claim that McCrory questioned whether rural roads should be paved is a stretch. In 2000 McCrory said that the state's policy of building paved roads to every community encourages sprawl, according to an Associated Press account. McCrory's statement about Charlotte getting “ripped off” also refers to criticism of state funding formulas.

The garbage talk refers to a bill favored by environmentalists to restrict new landfills in the state. It was spurred by concerns that private regional landfills would turn North Carolina into one of the country's top five importers of trash.

McCrory cited the measure as an example of the kind of bill he would veto as governor. But he calls the ad a distortion. That's because the bill also included new taxes on municipalities. An early version would have charged municipalities $2.50 per ton to dump trash and debris. The N.C. League of Municipalities also opposed the bill, at least at first. It dropped its opposition after winning concessions.

McCrory said in interviews in 2005 that he believed, but did not know, that there were illegal immigrants working for subcontractors on city-funded construction projects, as there likely were at employers throughout the city.

IS THE AD ACCURATE?

No. McCrory questioned a policy of paving roads to all developments, and both Democrats and Republicans have questioned the state's road funding formula. He opposed the trash bill over the tax. It's misleading to say he wanted to import trash. On illegal immigrants, he made clear he had no firsthand knowledge they were working on the construction sites, so at best he was admitting to speculating. He also raised the issue in the context of the need for federal enforcement.

Mark Johnson
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