TV Icon Griffith Appearing Again In Perdue Ad

Beverly Perdue is hoping again that "Sheriff Andy Taylor" will take her across the finish line first.

The Democratic candidate for governor unveiled a new television ad Monday in which Andy Griffith endorses her for governor. The folksy Griffith, who played Sheriff Taylor in the popular 1960s sitcom, "The Andy Griffith Show," also appeared in a Perdue commercial before the primary.

In the ad, Griffith says he likes to whistle on the way to the lake. But he says it's no time for whistling and that it is time for a strong leader such as Perdue. Griffith says that with Perdue's help, "times will get better for whistling again."

Griffith appeared in ads for now-outgoing Gov. Mike Easley during his 2000 and 2004 campaigns.

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  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Oct 28, 2008 at 08:04 PM
    Just to clue you in, "Folksy" did not whistle the tune to the Andy Griffith theme song. They cannot tell the truth even in an ad. The songwriter of that tune stated that he whistled it on a lark while listening to the playback at the studio.
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Oct 27, 2008 at 09:21 PM
    Barney Fife called me today from the hereafter and told me that Andy Griffith would not vote for a democrat in North Carolina if they paid him. Besides, he said that he and Aunt bea were the stars of that show. he also mentioned that Aunt Bea was a Republican. Go figure.
  • by Ron Location: Merritt on Oct 27, 2008 at 04:57 PM
    "Folksy" Andy Griffith? That's his screen persona. In real life he is a mean-spirited gruff curmudgeon who only is pleasant to his Democrat cronies in Dare County. He treats everyone else with disdain and grouchiness. He is a big phony just like Bev Perdue, Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
  • by annoyed on Oct 27, 2008 at 03:20 PM
    For the first time in almost 50 years I didn't like Andy....when his pre-recorded message was on my answering machine....I didn't give him the number....how DARE he call me. It certainly put a sour taste on some wonderful childhood memories.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2008 at 01:31 PM
    They lost my vote when the whistling Andy called my private unlisted number with a prerecorded message, invading my privacy. If this is what Predue stands for think how our privacy what little is left we will have with her in charge.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Oct 27, 2008 at 11:59 AM
    What else can this man do to defame himself? McCrory 08
  • by betty Location: cortland on Oct 27, 2008 at 11:55 AM
    I feel that whistling Andy should of kept his mouth shut and stay out of the Perdue's commercials and anyone else’s commercials. The voters shouldn't be pushed into voting for someone just because of an old TV program. Let the voters vote for whom they want and not by hard hand commercials telling you whom to vote for. That program was a long time ago and it was make believe too. Get real people and vote for whom YOU want not who whistling Andy wants.
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