‘02 candidate/Sec/State Elaine Marshall (D) “sent out a news release in the form of a fairy tale belittling the claims” made in Sen. Richard Burr’s (R) “first TV ad.” The release “called Burr’s ‘Main Street’ ad a ‘grim fairy tale,’ and said ‘like many people who spend too much time in Washington, [Burr] lost his way.’”
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Burr’s camp “responded with a web video titled ‘The Marshall Tales.’” The ad: “Once upon time, atop her ivory tower in Raleigh … Elaine Marshall dreams of joining Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to solve America’s problems.”
The video “ends with a black screen” and a “ticking” nat’l debt (Christensen, Raleigh News and Observer, 9/1).
Pop singer Clay Aiken “helped” Marshall “at a Durham fundraiser” 8/27. Aiken “was the special guest.” The “price of admission” ranged from $2.4K for hosts to $100 for guests. Raleigh-born Aiken “back” atty/Iraq war veteran/ex-state Sen. Cal Cunningham (D) in the Dem primary (Christensen, Raleigh News and Observer, 9/1).