Fetzer "apologizes" for campaign mailer

Article by the Winston-Salem Journal: http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2010/oct/21/state-gop-chairman-apologizes-flier-ar-473653/

The state Republican chairman has apologized to State Rep. Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson, for a flier that suggested he wanted convicted death-row murderers to be released from prison. The flier was sent out in preparation for Election Day on Nov. 2.

Holliman's 16-year-old daughter was raped and murdered in 1985, and Holliman witnessed the execution of his daughter’s killer. He has repeatedly said he supports the death penalty.

“I called and told Mr. Holliman that I wanted to apologize if the mailer caused him any personal anguish or discomfort,” said Tom Fetzer, N.C. GOP chairman. “We did not know about the tragic death of his daughter. If we had known, we would not have sent that mailer out in his district.”

Holliman, who is the House Majority Leader and is up for his sixth term, accepted Fetzer’s apology Wednesday night but asked for a retraction.

Edited to shorten excerpt for fair use ... James


Tom, I apologize if your feelings got hurt

by me comparing you and your party to pond scum. I am sorry if that caused you any anguish or discomfort. I will look into the possibility of a retraction as soon as I find some evidence that my comparison isn't true.