Democrats lost their best hope of beating Republican Pat McCrory in the race for North Carolina governor Thursday when Erskine Bowles announced he would not run.
But the state party is not wasting time attacking McCrory even though they do not have a strong candidate.
The attack by the state Democratic Party reads like a proclamation and goes on to suggest McCrory is hiding his finances and dealings with businesses.
McCrory calls it a desperate ploy by a party without a candidate.
The attack goes after McCrory’s integrity. On its website, the state party is calling for McCrory to disclose his personal finances, suggesting he is hiding “potential conflicts of interest.”
“It’s a sad commentary on the desperation that they have,” McCrory told a Wilmington TV station Thursday.
McCrory has already disclosed that he owns a house on Maryland Avenue with a tax value of $579,000, but the Democratic Party is calling for even more personal financial information.
McCrory is resisting.
“That’s my private records. I wouldn’t ask you to release your records and be a news person either,” he said.
But McCrory will eventually have to file a statement of economic interest with the state ethics commission. That statement requires him to list property and stocks owned, debts owed, and job compensation from his job at the prominent uptown Charlotte law firm Moore and Van Allen, as well as board of directors positions with LendingTree.com and Kewaunee Scientific Corporation.
Political expert Michael Bitzer said Democrats are clearly trying to suggest McCrory is too close to big business.
“The opening shots in any campaign has to be to frame the opponent in a negative light,” Bitzer said.
McCrory said he will file disclosures for campaign finances and his economic interests as they are required by law.
They will be due after he officially files for election later this month.