The Greensboro News and Record reports that candidates Bruce VonCannon and Phil Berger, Jr. are squaring off in court with dueling lawsuits over a campaign for Berger paid for by SuperPAC Conservatives United. VonCannon is suing for libel over the ad; Burger is countersuing over a VonCannon ad.
Carter Wrenn, VonCannon’s campaign strategist, said the PAC made false claims in its recent TV ad, calling VonCannon “an international banker for the Chinese,” and refused to stop running the ad even after being told about its factual errors.
The ad says VonCannon’s “private Swiss banking group partnered with Chinese trusts that owned stakes in Chinese textiles — all competitors that took our jobs.”
VonCannon worked for the publicly held division of Edmond de Rothschild, Wrenn said, not the private group that invested in Chinese companies.
“Intentionally or unintentionally, they confused these two divisions of Roths child,” Wrenn said. “And even after they were told it was untrue, they went ahead and kept running it anyway.”
Then, after cease and desist letter and court filings, Berger countered with this:
VonCannon struck back with a TV ad Friday that criticizes Berger’s prosecutorial record as Rockingham County district attorney and questions his claim of being tough on crime. The ad claims he offered a child rapist a plea-bargain deal for a three-year sentence.
Berger’s campaign responded late Friday with a press release calling VonCannon “a liar” for implying that the defendant in question, James Dunlap, received only a three-year sentence.
It's going to be a long, nasty election season. Hope you've got the "mute" button on your tv remote ready.