Under the Dome

Cooper buys first statewide TV ad

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper
N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper

Attorney General Roy Cooper has launched his first statewide campaign TV ad in the race for governor.

The spot portrays the Democratic candidate as a leader on consumer protections, public education and pursuing sexual predators. Against a rock soundtrack, the ad concludes with the narrator saying, “He stands up for millions of North Carolinians who are fed up.”

The ad will air in the Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro areas, and began airing on Tuesday. The campaign didn’t disclose the amount of air time purchased.

A recent report said 97 percent of the money being spent on behalf of Cooper and Gov. Pat McCrory so far has come from organizations outside the campaigns, mostly from the political left. Cooper’s recent ad buy occurred after the report by the Center for Public Integrity was issued.

"In his first television ad, Roy Cooper had to resort to dated headlines, falsehoods and exaggerations to reintroduce himself to voters because he hasn’t been doing his job as attorney general over the past 16 years,” McCrory campaign spokesman Ricky Diaz said in a rebuttal of the ad. “From mismanaging the State Bureau of Investigation to failing to defend North Carolina against harmful Washington, D.C. policies, Roy Cooper hasn’t put North Carolina families first and is now using millions of dollars from out-of-state liberals and trial lawyers to try to convince North Carolinians he's something he's not."