Under the Dome

Cooper hits McCrory with Facebook ads

Attorney General Roy Cooper is stepping up his unannounced campaign for governor with a series of Facebook ads hitting Gov. Pat McCrory on education and tying him to the controversial General Assembly.

“Governor McCory and his allies in the legislature have gone too far,” one ad says, saying teachers are leaving for jobs in other states.

“North Carolina should be infuriated. I am.” reads another, with McCrory’s image in the background. “Stop the attack on North Carolina schools!”

The state Republican party says the only attack comes from Cooper, and that the Facebook buy marks the first attack ads of the campaign.

"Roy Cooper hasn't even launched his campaign for governor and is already attacking Governor McCrory directly by name with negative ads paid for out of his campaign account,” spokesman Ricky Diaz told Dome. “He's still the attorney general charged with defending the governor and the state, right?"

Ford Porter, spokesman for the N.C. Democratic Party, weighed in.

"I'm sure Gov. McCrory's team would prefer no one discuss his record,” Porter said. “But the fact is that Gov. McCrory's education cuts are continuing to to drive our best teachers to other states. And the governor's new budget would make education even less of a priority. Middle-class families are taking it on the chin from Pat McCrory and we need responsible leaders to hold him accountable."

Cooper’s longstanding campaign committee, Cooper for North Carolina, has also recently emailed potential supporters asking them to sign a petition calling on McCrory and the legislature to “stop the attacks”.

Both politicians’ committees reported having about $1.5 million on hand at the end of last year.