Buck Newton, Republican State Senate candidate in Wilson and Nash counties, was smeared in a false and malicious ad campaign by Democrat incumbent A.B. Swindell. The story is making national news, now appearing on the Drudge Report: “DIRTY IN DIXIE: Political Ad Leads to Campaign Lawsuit in NC”
Buck Newton filed a lawsuit, stating that Sen. A.B. Swindell and the Democratic Party knowingly made misleading statements against him in a campaign mailer.
“The flier refers to an incident in 1990 in which Newton was charged with eight counts of drug-related crimes after he was mistakenly implicated in an undercover drug operation. The charges were dismissed after the Watauga County district attorney discovered the error, saying the incident was a case of mistaken identity. A police officer involved in the operation was later relieved of his duties, according to 1999 documents provided when Newton sought his attorney’s license.”
Below is the outrageous and pathetic Swindell mail piece. And here is the affidavit — a public record that the Democrats had access to — proving Buck Newton’s innocence.
The WRAL story goes on:
“‘I have never ever been arrested on a drug charge. I was not arrested in this affair or any other drug affair,’ Newton said Thursday during a news conference in Wilson.”
“The lawsuit seeks punitive damages and requests a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction requiring Swindell’s campaign and the Democratic Party to mail a retraction notice to everyone who received the mailer.”
“State GOP Chairman Tom Fetzer also described the campaign fliers as slanderous. ‘This is libel and slander, pure and simple. This is a provable, demonstrable falsehood,’ Fetzer said.”
Fetzer also called Swindell a “lying coward.”Tweet