References to Ebola and zombies hit the campaign scene this week when Wake County Republican Party Chairwoman Donna Williams traded barbs with John Burns, a Democratic candidate for the county board of commissioners.
Williams issued a news release criticizing Burns for opposing a travel ban on Ebola-impacted countries with sarcastic tweets such as “the town that builds walls always survives the zombie movie.” Williams said Burns should apologize for “outrageous” comments that demean a position supporting a travel ban held by “the majority of Americans.”
Burns said the fact that Republicans were “trolling” his Twitter feed showed how desperate they’d become. Burns is running against Republican Commissioner Paul Coble.
“I think it’s appropriate that two days before Halloween, Donna is trying to revive a dead campaign by talking about zombies,” Burns said.
Living in uncertain times
Meanwhile, Wake County Commissioner Phil Matthews apparently thinks voters need to keep him in office because of the threat of terrorism and possibly Ebola.
A campaign mailer from Matthews, the Republican chairman of the board, includes pictures of armed masked men, men in Hazmat suits, fires and a tornado. Below the images are the words “We’re living in uncertain times...”
The mailer is causing the Wake County Democratic Party to accuse Matthews of “fear mongering.” Matthews is running against Democrat Matt Calabria.
“In another sign of a desperate campaign, Phil Mathews has joined the Wake County GOP in an effort to scare voters, not inspire them,” Wake Democratic Chairman Dan Blue III said in a statement. “His recent mailer paints a bleak picture of Wake County with photos of armed terrorists and Hazmat suits.”
Harrison leads in fundraising
Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison has a comfortable lead – at least in terms of campaign money raised this year.
The latest campaign finance reports show that Harrison, a three-term Republican incumbent, had raised $172,821 as of Oct. 18. His Democratic opponent, Willie Rowe, reported raising $28,336.
Harrison has already eclipsed his 2010 total when he raised $134,976 to defeat James “Jay” Sills. In his first re-election campaign in 2006, Harrison raised $442,072 to defeat former Sheriff John Baker.
• State Attorney General Roy Cooper will speak to the Wake Democratic Men’s Club on Monday, Nov. 10, at the Holiday Inn Downtown, 320 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m. Dinner is $20 for club members and $23 for non-members. Make dinner reservations by Saturday, Nov. 8 by email to
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