Democrat Kay Hagan is locked in a tight race for U.S. Senate with Republican Thom Tillis. She is the incumbent senator, and he is s the speaker of the N.C. House.
Polls have shown the race leaning toward Hagan but well within range for Tillis. Because of that and because the outcome of the North Carolina contest could determine whether the GOP takes control of the Senate, more than $100 million has been or will be spent on the race, much of it to pay for attack advertising and much of it spent by groups operating independently of the campaigns.
On Sunday 10/19/14 a group called Concerned Citizens of Cumberland County placed flyers under the windshield wipers of cars at the Kingdom Impact Global Ministries on Murchison Road. Those flyers read:
Dawn McNair said she was surprised Sunday when her daughter pointed out the background on a political flier urging people to get out and vote.
The front of the flyer blares: "Kay Hagan doesn't win! Obama's impeachment will begin! Vote in 2014."
The words are superimposed over a grainy reproduction of a photograph of what appears to be a lynching.
Someone tucked the flier under McNair's windshield wiper while her car was parked at her church, Kingdom Impact Global Ministries on Murchison Road.
"My daughter said, 'Mom, look in the background. They're lynching somebody.' It's the lynching of an African-American man," McNair said.
At the bottom, the flier reads, "Not endorsed by any candidate. Paid for by Concerned Citizens of Cumberland County." No contact information for the group was on the flier.
I Googled "Concerned Citizens of Cumberland County" (see below) and could find no website or other information outside of the reporting of this story. Just who are these people? Are the a 501(c)4? Who is on the board and what association do they have with Sen. Hagan?
I am sure the DNC and the Hagan campaign will come out very soon and reject the flyer by the CCCC, right? Promoting bigotry and hate cannot be an accepted part of the Democrat campaign strategy, right?
The saddest part of this, IMO, is that Fayetteville (N.C.) is the home of the United States Army 18th Airborne Corps, 82d Airborne Corps, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (better known as Delta Force), 3d Special Forces, United States Army Parachute Team (Golden Knights), United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command and the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. In the heart of such heroic patriotism and selfless sacrifice hatred is being used to try and "win" an election. Pathetic.