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GOP to Cooper: ‘Don’t get lost’

The state Republican Party is jabbing at Attorney General Roy Cooper over the location of his “special announcement” set for 6 p.m. on Monday – a presumed announcement that he is officially in the governor’s race.

Cooper has set the event for 6 p.m. at Nash Community College in Rocky Mount. Cooper is from that area.

The Republican Party’s executive director, Dallas Woodhouse, issued a statement saying he could not believe that Cooper “has the nerve to announce his campaign in eastern North Carolina.”

Woodhouse said Cooper “left Rocky Mount behind for the bowels of Raleigh state government 30 years ago.”

“Roy Cooper represents the worst of the past and Raleigh,” Woodhouse said in the statement.

Cooper has been the state’s Attorney General since 2001. He was in the legislature prior to that, serving since 1986 while also continuing to practice law from Rocky Mount.

The GOP made a publicity stunt of the planned announcement, delivering a road map to Cooper’s office (and tweeting photos of the delivery) with the note: “AG Cooper – Since you’ve been in Raleigh for 30 years, here is a map so you don’t get lost! – xoxo”

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