It appears that one Mr. Joseph Nelson Dollar, esq. of Cary township is a bit cranky these days. A really rich guy is buying a lot of ads against him, and he’s got a primary opponent:
Bob Luddy, one of Raleigh’s biggest conservative political donors, is spending $40,000 to create a new political committee opposing House budget writer Nelson Dollar of Cary.
Luddy filed paperwork this week to create StopNelsonDollar.com, and he immediately donated $40,000 to the new committee. As of Friday afternoon, the website referenced in the committee title hadn’t yet been launched.
Luddy said he wants to see Dollar defeated because of this year’s House budget proposal led by the longtime legislator.
“Nelson Dollar has to take the responsibility for submitting such an outrageous budget,” Luddy said Friday, declining to detail StopNelsonDollar.com’s campaign plans.
“I felt like Nelson Dollar was going to spend way too much money – over a half billion more than the governor’s budget. He also delayed getting a budget for our state for months on end. I wanted to get this information out there.”
Dollar defended the House budget, pointing to its inclusion of teacher assistant funding, a cost-of-living increase for state retirees, and a series of tax cuts.
“It’s disappointing that the (Luddy committee) is attacking a Republican instead of those funds defending the Republican seats in the fall,” Dollar said. “We’re going to need those resources to beat Hillary Clinton. That money and the money I have to spend is really a waste.”[…]
Somebody call the waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-mbulance. (Please.)
Little Lord Nelson is also, apparently pitching a fit about the activities of his primary opponent:
[…] Luddy said other donors plan to contribute to StopNelsonDollar.com, but he declined to name them. He said he’s also giving money to Mark Villee, who’s challenging Dollar in the March 15 Republican primary. Villee is already running TV and radio ads attacking Dollar.
Dollar has responded with his own ad, and he said he’s sent a cease-and-desist request to Time Warner Cable, which is airing the Villee ads. He said the Villee ads make false claims.[…]
Really? Here’s the ad. What’s false? I wish this drive-by would have asked that simple question.
Think about this for a minute. a POLITICIAN is accusing someone else of LYING. (Not that it’s any of my business, but does THIS count as lying too? )
(Hmm — I wonder if this cease and desist stuff works. If it does, and you can issue one of those every time someone lies, we can SHUT RALEIGH DOWN.)
This article here appears to put the kibosh on Master Dollar’s ambitions.
Isn’t it interesting that a guy who didn’t even show up in Google — prior to filing — is making the House Appropriations chairman sweat?
While Nelson is screaming and crying into his pillow, visit Mark Villee’s web site to learn more about him (and throw him some coin so he can keep Nelson’s favorite ad on the air).