RALEIGH – We’re hearing a few interesting things on Jones and Blount streets. Here’s a round-up:
Documents reveal that Michael Lapaglia, who is running for Secretary of State for North Carolina, owns a property in Durham that has been the subject of numerous pre-foreclosure proceedings in Durham County. The Durham businessman is competing against fellow Republican A.J. Daoud of Pilot Mountain in the March 15 Republican primary. The winner will then face incumbent Democrat Elaine Marshall in November.
Court documents show that a Michael S. LaPaglia and wife Patricia N. LaPaglia were named defendants in court proceedings three times for a property on Mockingbird Lane in Durham. All the suits were dismissed by the plaintiffs.
The Lapaglia campaign confirmed that the documents were authentic but declined to comment further on this story.
Lapaglia’s website states, “My understanding of business, government, and the economy are rooted in twenty-five years of real-world business and life experience. After you take a look at my background, my experience, and my skills, I hope you’ll join our team because I need your help to retire the most liberal statewide official in North Carolina!”
The Secretary of State office’s mission is to encourage economic growth, promote public trust and ensuring citizens and businesses are protected from economic fraud and other conflicts and providing a framework for business transactions. Incumbent Elaine Marshall was elected in 1997 and was the first woman elected to statewide executive office in North Carolina.
–Jill Osborn, North State Journal
Jim Duncan, a Republican trying to unseat Renee Ellmers in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District, sent a fundraising email Wednesday claiming that what he called the “liberal Super PAC” Defending Main Street will spend $200,000 in support of Ellmers’ re-election. While Defending Main Street is a center-right group created by former Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) to defend Republican incumbents from far-right challenges, it has been under fire from conservatives for accepting funding from labor unions.
“Unions funding this PAC are some of Hillary’s biggest supporters and they are worried,” Duncan’s email read, referring to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. It also included a graphic showing Ellmers (her first name spelled “Renne”) and Clinton beside each other. Ellmers defeated incumbent Congressman Bob Etheridge, a Democrat, in 2010 with Tea Party support. She last won election in 2014 by margins of about 17 percentage points in both the primary, in which she faced conservative radio show host Frank Roche, and in the general, in which she faced singer and activist Clay Aiken.
The latest federal campaign finance reports show Ellmers has raised $891,177 this cycle and has $415,073 cash on hand. Duncan, meanwhile, has raised $391,236 and has $211,658 in cash.
McHenry gets an A
North Carolina’s 10th District Congressman Patrick McHenry received an award from the American Conservative Union for his conservative voting record. Calling McHenry “a solid conservative leader in the House of Representatives,” ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp pointed to McHenry’s 95.2 percent rating from the longstanding conservative group.
McHenry, a six-term incumbent, faces retired postmaster Jim Gregory, from Cleveland County, and nuclear engineer Albert Willey, who lives on the coast in Salter Path. The primary winner will face Democrat Andy Millard, a retired educator from Gaston County who does not have a primary opponent.