The North Carolina Republican Party filed a public record request seeking all communications between a North Carolina Department of Justice employee, the Stein campaign and Josh Stein's official office or any communications at the NC DOJ discussing the now disproven ad.
This week, WRAL broke news uncovered that the star of Attorney General Josh Stein's widely discredited ad is a state employee working in Josh Stein's office. In response to this startling revelation, Stein's campaign has attempted to deflect his unethical arrangement by attacking the messenger. State officials are not allowed to utilize their position, official resources or employees for partisan political purposes
The NCGOP public records request seeks to illuminate this situation and uncover if Stein utilized state resources or taxpayer funded time to benefit his reelection campaign or otherwise violated the law by pressuring, encouraging or coercing one of his state employees to appear in a false partisan ad.
"The North Carolina Department of Justice should not be another branch of the Stein reelection campaign,"
said NCGOP Press Secretary Tim Wigginton. "We've already seen Josh Stein is willing to do anything, including lie, to win reelection. After numerous fact checks and the resignation of a longtime DOJ employee, Stein finally pulled the ad due its demonstrably false claims. Stein needs to come clean immediately and comply with public records law. The abuse of the public trust for partisan purposes cannot be tolerated."
Unfortunately, it is not a given that the Stein led Department of Justice will comply with public records law. Stein has previously refused to obey the law when it is politically inconvenient
and has even refused to produce documents requested by the general assembly.
To view, the public records request click HERE
- Contact: Tim Wigginton