We always knew that elections could be rough, but this NC House primary is showing that the Republicans are not adverse to litigation despite their calls to close of courts to litigants:
State House candidate Marilyn Avila is threatening to sue her primary opponent because she claims he is spreading lies about her. Eddins, who represents far North Raleigh and a large chunk of northern Wake County, has sent out postcards saying Avila "doesn't pay her own taxes" and has run a newspaper ad that calls her "an embarrassment" because she "owes taxes on her failed businesses from 1988!"
Avila does not deny the underlying facts but thinks that they are distortions, but distortions worth suing over:
She said she was so angry and hurt by Eddins' ads that she has retained a lawyer, Raleigh City Council member Philip Isley.
Last week, Isley demanded that Eddins stop sending out nasty stuff about his client and apologize. Do nothing, Isley told Eddins in a letter, and Avila might complain to the state Board of Elections or file a lawsuit.
The letter was so poorly received that her opponent thought heap the worst insult a Republican can think of on her:
"I would say that sounds like Mr. Accountability himself, Bill Clinton," he said. "I know in business I'm responsible for the bills."