N&R Repeats Wade Lie
From the front page of today’s N&R:
Senate 27: First strike
Greensboro City Councilwoman Trudy Wade got some flak this week about an attack ad of hers that appears inaccurate.
Wade makes no apologies for the ad and says that local businessman Jus-tin Conrad struck the first low blow in their increasingly fierce contest for the state Senate seat in District 27.
She points to an email that Conrad sent out accusing her of not showing up at an April 13 GOP debate because she didn’t want to defend her tax record.
“Evidently, my opponent has learned a few tricks of the trade in her 20-year political career, so she decided to duck the voters instead of explaining her tax-raising record.”
Wade said she let the event’s organizers — the Guilford County GOP — know in advance that she had a conflict and couldn’t attend. She said they led people to believe she would be there and provided a chair for her.
For Con-rad to accuse her of political cowardice in emails and on Facebook is misleading, Wade said.
There’s just one problem. Conrad can’t have struck first because, as a commenter at the N&R astutely pointed out:
Since the Beacon hit mailboxes on Saturday, April 14, when do you suppose that Steve Arnold and Bill Burckley composed, printed and mailed them. I’d guess that the Beacon was in the mail no later than Thursday, April 12, a full day before Justin’s press release that you cite.
The event to which Conrad refers occurred on the 13th, certainly after Wade’s attack ad was mailed. I realize Burckley is a genius, but I’m not aware he’s able to travel back in time. However, we’ve had this discussion before with Killian.
To fall for Wade’s lie is one thing. To not correct it is another. But to repeat it with an allusion in the title smacks of an agenda on behalf of the N&R against Conrad. But that might be giving them too much credit. Occam suggests they are simply incompetent.