A glossy mailer sent to voters (I got one) by Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS claims “Cap-and-trade legislation would hurt North Carolina,” speculating that the 2008 legislation at issue “could have decreased a household’s disposable income by $6,000” and “cost North Carolina more than 146,000 jobs.”
These assertions, credited to two business groups, are typical campaign hyperbole. Much more interesting is the source given for the mailer’s statement that “Kay Hagan supported cap-and-trade legislation.” It’s a June 6, 2008 news story in The Charlotte Observer.
Anyone taking the trouble to look up that article is in for a surprise, because the McClatchy Newspapers piece, headlined “Climate bill has unlikely ally,” contains just two sentences, at the bottom, regarding then-candidate Hagan’s support of the bill.
Primarily the article concerns our then-senator: “... among those supporting the measure will be Sen. Elizabeth Dole, the Salisbury Republican whose voting record is among the Senate’s most conservative.” Dole explained that, “It’s very important that we move on this because the costs of inaction are just too great.”
Dole wouldn’t have backed a bill with consequences like those Rove’s folks are claiming. For voters interested in the environment, that makes the Crossroads mailer an excellent candidate for recycling.
The writer is a former member of The N&O editorial staff who retired in 2012.