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McCrory Airing First TV Ad of Reelection Bid

McCrory will attend the Super Bowl in California this weekend.

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Karyn Bruggeman
Feb. 5, 2016, 9:57 a.m.

Gov. Pat Mc­Crory (R) will go on the air this week­end with his first TV ad since an­noun­cing his in­ten­tion to seek reelec­tion this fall. Mc­Crory nar­rates the 30 second spot and touts the “Car­o­lina Comeback,” low un­em­ploy­ment, low taxes, and high­er teach­er pay, but says “We just don’t al­ways get the re­spect we’ve earned…Well, there is one solu­tion…Keep Pound­ing, Pan­thers! And have a Su­per day!”

In a re­lease, the cam­paign said the ad will air Fri­day through Sunday. (re­lease)

The North Car­o­lina Demo­crat­ic Party quickly re­acted with a fact check of the ad. The party poin­ted to news re­ports that Mc­Crory’s tax cuts shif­ted the tax bur­den from large com­pan­ies to small busi­nesses and in­di­vidu­als, that teach­er pay raises still left North Car­o­lina ranked to­ward the bot­tom of all states for teach­er pay, and ques­tioned his claim that seni­ors are pay­ing less for med­ic­al bills. (re­lease)

Mc­Crory will travel to the San Fran­cisco Bay area this week­end to watch the Car­o­lina Pan­thers play in the Su­per Bowl. The Pan­thers are based in Char­lotte, where Mc­Crory used to be may­or. Mc­Crory aides said the trip is per­son­al, and “the state is not pick­ing up the tab.” (Char­lotte Ob­serv­er)

NOT UP FOR DE­BATE. Mc­Crory won’t de­bate his primary op­pon­ent, former state Rep. Robert Braw­ley (R). Time Warner Cable News sought to host such a de­bate, but Mc­Crory de­clined. TWC News and the League of Wo­men Voters will host a Demo­crat­ic gubernat­ori­al primary de­bate on March 1 if state At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Roy Cooper (D) ac­cepts the in­vit­a­tion. (Raleigh News & Ob­serv­er)

TAK­ING A TOLL. Cooper said his of­fice is launch­ing a con­sumer pro­tec­tion-ori­ented look in­to the I-77 toll pro­ject out­side Char­lotte. His of­fice ap­proved the leg­al stand­ing of the pro­ject, and has said if he were gov­ernor he wouldn’t have ap­proved the con­tro­ver­sial new toll lanes. Cooper said Mc­Crory “needs to ac­cept re­spons­ib­il­ity for his de­cisions and he needs to be mak­ing de­cisions about where to go from here.” (Char­lotte Busi­ness Journ­al)

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