When the truth begins to hurt too much, send in the lawyers:
In the memo to stations, Foley & Lardner, a Washington law firm representing the McCrory campaign, said the ad is filled with “egregious and false statements” about the former Charlotte mayor. “Unless you stop airing the ad immediately,” the firm wrote, “we will seek all legal remedies to force the ad off the air.”
The ad is centered around Myers Park Pat's association with foreclosure specialist Tree.com while he served as Mayor of Charlotte:
"Thousands of South Carolina homeowners are losing their homes to foreclosure," Stone said. "In these difficult economic times, the very least consumers should expect is that the people making money off of these mortgages are following the law. In the case of LendingTree, they were not."
State law requires all mortgage brokers to disclose that they are the agent of the borrower. Additionally, they must disclose all material facts and give a good faith estimate of any fees the broker receives, whether from the lender or borrower. Prior to the suit, LendingTree was not making these disclosures.
The Charlotte-based mortgage broker will pay the five counties of the Fourteenth Circuit a total of $163,376 that will be divided up among the counties based on the number of mortgages closed. Beaufort County will receive $132,335.
Charlotte is a nexus for developers and lenders who facilitate said development, so it should come as no surprise that McCrory found a way to benefit (monetarily) from that situation.
And NC voters need (and deserve) to be made aware of such business affiliations before they choose this man as their Governor. If they know about it and vote for him anyway, well. That won't be much of a surprise, either. But when I see stuff like this:
As of Friday night, cable systems serving Asheville in the west and Nash County in the east had agreed to pull the ad, said McCrory campaign spokesman Brian Nick.
It makes my blood boil.
BlueNC is dedicated to making North Carolina a more progressive and prosperous state. If your intention is to disrupt this effort, please find somewhere else to express your opinions.