Elections

GOP TV ad claims Josh Stein’s dad wants to ‘buy him the office’ of attorney general

Democrat Josh Stein, left, and Republican Buck Newton are running for attorney general.
Democrat Josh Stein, left, and Republican Buck Newton are running for attorney general.

The race for attorney general is hitting TV airwaves this week.

The Republican Attorneys General Association has booked $3.8 million in TV ads to help elect GOP state Sen. Buck Newton. The group’s first ad begins Tuesday and focuses on a $500,000 contribution from Democratic candidate Josh Stein’s father, Adam Stein.

Speaking over classical music and images of a man writing a check, the narrator calls Adam Stein an “elite trial lawyer” who has “bankrolled” a “who’s who of elite liberal politicians.”

“Dad gave half a million dollars to buy him the office,” the ad says of Josh Stein, adding that he supported sales tax increases as a state senator.

Adam Stein only gave $5,100 to Stein’s attorney general campaign, the maximum allowed by law, records show. But he donated $500,000 to the N.C. Democratic Party in March; the party has refused to comment on how the money will be used.

Josh Stein’s father is among hundreds of contributors to the campaign, which raised more than $2.2 million as of June 30.

The TV ad takes a different approach from RAGA’s website, which calls Stein an “extreme Harvard radical” and includes Photoshopped images in which the Democrat appears to be wearing bracelets and a flower-print shirt.

“This is a desperate attack by an out-of-state special interest group that is trying to buy the attorney general’s race for Buck Newton,” Stein campaign spokesman Seth Dearmin said. “The Republican AGs Association desperately wants Buck Newton to be their attorney general and that’s why they’re spending $4 million from big oil, the gambling industry and payday lenders to attack Josh Stein.”

Stein’s campaign launched its own ad last week, featuring the candidate talking about his accomplishments in the state Senate. “As attorney general, protecting families will be job one,” he said.

Watch both ads below:

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