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Dome: TV ads in NC aim to boost McCrory's image

From staff reportsSeptember 9, 2013 

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Gov. Pat McCrory speaks at the State Board of Education meeting in Raleigh, NC on Sept. 4, 2013.

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A nonprofit group closely tied to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory plans to begin airing TV commercials Tuesday in major markets aimed at boosting his public image.

Renew North Carolina Foundation, a group formed by the governor’s allies, have purchased at least $150,000 in advertising time to run a commercial featuring McCrory talking to supporters about his accomplishments during his first months as governor. The ads, which will run in Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte, are beginning as public opinion polls show that McCrory’s favorability numbers have begun to significantly drop. They are scheduled to run through Oct. 7.

The ad portrays McCrory as an independent-minded executive, who is effectively reforming state government, and making North Carolina’s economy more competitive.

The foundation is a 501-C 4 group that is not allowed to coordinate its activities with the governor’s political committee. It held a major fundraiser in Raleigh in conjunction with the governor’s inaugural and more recently held one at the Grandover Hotel near Greensboro. While McCrory does not face re-election until 2016, Democratic candidates are already lining up to challenge him.

Card joins UNC-TV board

Orson Scott Card, a well-known science fiction writer known for his controversial remarks regarding President Barack Obama, gays and the liberal news media, has been appointed to the UNC-TV Board of Trustees.

Card, a Greensboro resident who is a professor of writing and literature at Southern Virginia University, was appointed by Republican Senate leader Phil Berger to fill a two-year term. He is best known for his science fiction novels such as “Ender’s Game” and “Speaker for the Dead,” which have received the Hugo and Nebula awards.

But his political writing has been so controversial that it has caused groups to threaten him with boycotts, particularly gay groups.

More recently, he wrote on his blog an article he called “an experiment in fictional thinking,” in which he posits a future in which Obama rules as a “Hitler- or Stalin-style dictator” with his own national police force.

He has also been an outspoken opponent of gay marriage. In 2009. he became a member of the board of directors of the National Organization for Marriage, a group that campaigns against same-sex marriage. He resigned from that board earlier this year.

“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Card to the UNC-TV Board of Trustees,” Robb Teer, the board chairman from Durham, said in a statement. “We are grateful for his willingness to serve and look forward to working with him to continue providing the people of our state with enriching, life-changing television in these challenging times.”

Coble to oppose airstrikes

Rep. Howard Coble, a Republican from Greensboro, will vote “no” on the resolution for airstrikes in Syria, his spokesman, Ed McDonald, said Monday.

McDonald said that as of noon Monday messages from constituents were 835 against, and four in favor of military action.

In a statement last week, Coble said the costs of a limited action were more than the United States could afford, especially without assistance from allies. He also said the U.S. would be “a day late and dollar short” in taking any meaningful action, adding, “I agree that the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people is a heinous act of cowardice. But some 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian civil war, and we have not acted. We cannot afford to be the world’s police force.”

Staff writers Rob Christensen and Renee Schoof of the McClatchy Washington Bureau

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