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U.S. Chamber runs ads attacking Woody White in GOP primary

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is airing a television ad (see below) criticizing Republican congressional candidate Woody White’s job as a trial attorney.

The ads are airing in the 7th Congressional District, where White, a Wilmington attorney, is running against former state Sen. David Rouzer of Johnston County. Rouzer has criticized White for taking so-called “slip and fall” personal injury cases in his law practice. “In search of big paydays, these lawsuits hurt businesses and destroy jobs,” the narrator says in the ad.

The ad shows an image of former Democratic U.S. Sen. John Edwards, also a trial attorney. “The last thing Congress needs is another trial lawyer like Woody White,” the narrator says.

White’s campaign responded that the Chamber ad is “another feeble attempt by the Washington, D.C. establishment to protect one of their own.” White has criticized Rouzer for his connections to the nation’s capital – including past work on lawmakers’ staff and as a lobbyist.

The nerves of the D.C. establishment are “clearly shaken,” the White campaign said. “Why else would powerful Washington and Raleigh lobbyists be pouring in such large amounts of money in order to defeat Woody White?”

The campaign also said that being a trial lawyer means White “is willing to fight the powerful and to represent the powerless.”

Fayetteville veteran Chris Andrade is also in the GOP primary race in the 7th district, which includes all or parts of 12 southeastern North Carolina counties. Early voting has begun and the election is one week away.