Fights over who raised which taxes are commonplace in local elections.
Sometimes politicians stretch the truth, but rarely do they invent a tax increase to pin on their opponent.
That’s what happened in one of the few close races in the North Carolina General Assembly, though, between Republican incumbent Rep. Chris Malone and his Democratic challenger, Terence Everitt.
The two are competing for a seat that includes Wake Forest and some other northeastern suburbs of Wake County. Malone said Everitt “raised taxes on clothing, school supplies – even baby diapers!”
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However, Malone is talking about a tax increase that doesn’t currently exist. PolitiFact North Carolina rated the claim Pants On Fire.
To read more about where he got his information from, and how Everitt is tied to it, read the full fact-check here.
PolitiFact North Carolina
Speaker: Chris Malone
Statement: Says the challenger for his N.C. House seat, Democrat Terence Everitt, “raised taxes on clothing, school supplies – even baby diapers!”
Ruling: Everitt did no such thing. Furthermore, Malone himself voted for a bill that got rid of North Carolina’s tax-free weekend, in which people could buy school supplies and clothes without paying sales taxes. With all that in mind, we rate this claim Pants On Fire.