Some of you may have heard about this Jones+Blount web site. It’s backed financially by some big Pat McCrory donors and staffed by some former McCrory aides. It’s literally “state-run media.” The site gives you the propaganda the McCrory administration and the Raleigh cartel wants you to see and hear.
The site has already aided in smearing one of Gov. Pat’s primary opponents. Now, they appear to be unloading some opposition research on a GOP candidate for secretary of state.
A few nights back, we had a candidate’s forum in Pinehurst. A rather cryptic question about “personal finances” and how important they are for the secretary of state job came from the audience. Candidate Michael LaPaglia was obviously caught off guard by the question. But his opponent, AJ Daoud, sat there grinning like — as Senator Helms used to say — a jackass eating briers. He expected it.
Well, Jones + Blount has revealed what was behind that question. They’ve breathlessly exposed the fact (Under the headline “Defendant LaPaglia”) that LaPaglia had foreclosure proceedings dismissed against him. That’s right, dismissed.
I think you might be surprised at HOW MANY people in recent years have faced unprecedented financial problems — thanks to the economic climate facilitated by an unfortunate abundance of amoral, unethical, low-IQ politicians.
It appears LaPaglia resolved the issue. The proceedings were dismissed. I’d say it’s admirable that he cleaned up his mess himself.
Apparently, this kid-glove treatment the Raleigh Cartel is giving AJ is rooted in his decision to drop out of the contentious state GOP chairman’s race last year.
(Many have suggested the drop-out was part of a deal cut with Cartel reps to clear the way for the cartel candidate in the chairman’s race. Judas got 30 pieces of silver. What did AJ get? A path, cleared by the cartel, to the secretary of state nomination? )
Funny (not ha-ha). These alleged threateners were riled up about him running for NCGOP chairman, but NOT secretary of state — which is clearly a more powerful and influential position?
And while we’re on the subject of finances — J+B was quite silent on the mystery surrounding the $10,000 fine handed down against Daoud by the state board of elections. AJ says the fine was wiped out by the board. But there is no documentation in the public domain stating that. You would think a decision like that would be written down somewhere.
At least Michael LaPaglia had documentation that his issues had been resolved.