Senator Davis Calls For Opponent To Remove Ad

One candidate for NC Senate wants his opponent to pull an ad he says misleads viewers.

Democrat Don Davis, and the NC Police Benevolent Association, take exception to an ad opponent, Republican Louis Pate is airing.

The ad re-enacts Davis getting a speeding ticket. Pate says the ad is based on a story in the News and Observer, suggesting Davis was on official business headed to Raleigh and complained it was taking too long to write the ticket, later wondering if there were laws that would allow a member of the state legislature to avoid such traffic citations if they were engaged in public business.

Davis and the NC Police Benevolent Association are calling for Pate to remove the ad. Davis says, "I have accepted full responsibility for my ticket, I paid it." He also says, "It exploits what actually happened and we believe it exploits the law enforcement personnel as well."

But Pate says according to an article in the News and Observer back in the spring, the ad depicts what happened. Pate says, "This was not a parody on them, it was mainly to show that Senator Davis thinks he's above the law."

Pate says he has no plans to remove the ad.

Both men are running for senator of district five, which covers Wayne, Pitt, and Greene counties.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Snow Hill on Nov 4, 2010 at 12:06 PM
    Dear Anonymous-I might add, we Pate supporters do know the taste of defeat, just as you have tasted victory. We got beat by Don Davis in 2008. He had his chance to make an impact on the district. That's the beauty of our democracy. We give people a chance to represent us. After a period of time, we decide if we think that they have done a good job, earned our support, and get another chance to serve us for an additional term. It has worked this way for almost 225 years. If you really want to understand how lucky you are - I presume you are of the Democratic persuasion - your party has ruled the NC Legislature for HALF of that time. My party (while not perfect) has not had control of both houses of the Legislature for 112 years - not for one single day in that time. There's another one of those facts popping up. Sorry. But, if you doubt me, go look it up. Doesn't it seem fair that we ought to get a chance to see what we can do? And you know what, if we screw it up, you can throw us out!
  • by Anonymous Location: Snow Hill on Nov 4, 2010 at 09:39 AM
    Dear Anonymous - you are far too sensitive and conspiratorial. For the life of me, I can't figure out what the point of a "tactic" would be. The election is over, Pate won, Davis lost, move on. For the many of us who worked very hard for Louis Pate, seeing this video was very satisfying reward for the effort. Don't know if you've ever heard of www.youtube.com. It is this little website where people post videos of interest and other people can choose to view them or not. If you supported Davis, I can understand why you wouldn't want to watch it. If Davis had won, I don't think I'd want to watch his video. But, I certainly wouldn't imply that it was anything more than human interest. Really, you folks who have blindly supported Davis and ignore the facts are hard to understand! Spend your energy on finding a worthy candidate to run against Pate in two years. Make sure that they understand that we have laws and they are meant for everybody. Davis's campaign report is still not posted!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2010 at 05:34 AM
    Making History Location: NC District 5 on Nov 3, 2010 at 01:27 PM- I believe you are the video man for Pate, you love pushing his videos, just like you were the one that pushed the PBA video. haha. It's all good. Pate won but it is funny the tactics you are using. Hope he does well
  • by Making History Location: NC District 5 on Nov 3, 2010 at 10:27 AM
    There's a neat web video on louispate.org about the victory from last night for Louis Pate.
  • by He Broke Snow Hill Location: Snow Hill on Nov 3, 2010 at 04:27 AM
    Don Supporter - you just don't get it do you? Davis already "broke" the sewer system so NOBODY can EVER fix it! The pipe now runs to Farmville and will last 100 years. By the way - as a civics lesson - you need one - the sewer decision is a local issue, not a senate issue. My problem has NEVER been with Davis as a senator (although he was average at best). It has ALWAYS been about the HORRIBLE job he did as mayor. I happen to believe that you don't reward poor performance with a promotion. Perhaps you do. If so, and you run your own business, put your money where your mouth is and give the poor guy a job. He's going to need one real soon! He Broke Snow Hill signing off the blog unless somebody else posts something so stupid or dishonest that I HAVE to reply. Oh, and in the unlikely event that Louis Pate doesn't do the job, I'll work just as hard to replace him. You see, I don't believe in D's and R's - I believe in people!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2010 at 01:40 AM
    Davis had 2 years and Dem control, now Pate has 2 year with Rep control. I don't want to hear excuses when Pate doesn't perform.
  • by OPEN YOUR EYES on Nov 2, 2010 at 09:04 PM
    Congratulations Senate District 5! We did the right thing by electing Pate! I am thankful for bloggers that posted factual information and offered ways to research the TRUTH! We are trying to find it in Snow Hill. Great job! Great voter turnout!
  • by Don Supporter on Nov 2, 2010 at 08:36 PM
    He Broke Snow Hill Location: Snow Hill on Nov 2, 2010 at 10:47 PM Louis won. Congrats to him and to "He broke snow hill" that shows the level of maturity. I sure hope Pate fixes your sewage problem or you will be gunning for him. and to "Proud resident on Nov 2, 2010 at 09:36 PM" Thank you for being honest. Even this proud resident knows where the kickbacks are going to that good job of the funeral director. I hope everyone gets some ice cream.
  • by He Broke Snow Hill Location: Snow Hill on Nov 2, 2010 at 07:47 PM
    Congratulations to the intelligent voters in the Senate 5 district. To all the Don Davis fans on the blog - anybody hiring? I know somebody who needs a job!
  • by Proud resident on Nov 2, 2010 at 06:36 PM
    When you lose in your own county< that should tell the what the people of Greene county feel about Davis. Done, good job funeral director.
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