Raleigh – Republicans dropped “opposition research” yesterday about Erica McAdoo, a Democratic House candidate in HD-63 who has Republicans running scared, and it backfired… hard. The “research” showed that Erica pays her taxes early, has no debt concerns, and supports “our veterans and I support local businesses.”

House Republican caucus director had “no comment” about the bungled hatchet job. But others did. The Charlotte Observer blasted the effort, saying, it “shows how little NC House Republicans think of voters, and how little they think of the truth.”

Oops.

Charlotte Observer: Republicans just released a 35-page oppo report on this NC candidate. It backfired
The Editorial Board
August 10, 2018

The GOP sure has the goods on Erica McAdoo. On Thursday, NC House Republicans released a 35-page report — known as “oppo” to political insiders and observers — on the NC House 63 candidate from Alamance County. “Meet Erica McAdoo,” the @NCHouseGOP account said in a midday tweet with a photo of McAdoo holding a beer (gasp!) and having a good time at an outdoor event with friends. That same photo was in a news release that described the Democrat’s “radical agenda” and invited people to click an ominous red button to “learn more about Erica McAdoo.”

We did, and we have to say we’re not sure McAdoo will recover from the revelation that she (checks notes) got a speeding ticket 15 years ago.

Yep. That’s the dirt. See for yourself.

It’s another example of how sour political discourse has become, and how much of it is untrustworthy. Make no mistake: There’s nothing unusual with doing oppo on a candidate. It’s also common to go public with damaging stuff because, well, that’s the point of trying to find it. But to release the oppo when it shows nothing, yet characterize it in an ominous way? That shows how little NC House Republicans think of voters, and how little they think of the truth.

Read the full editorial here.

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