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.