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Last weekend, while campaigning at the Charlotte Convention Center with Hillary Clinton, Sen. Kay Hagan said, “The eyes of the country are on North Carolina…to see if our grass roots efforts can still triumph [over] out-of-state billionaires and their money. They are trying to buy this election.”
She said this even as North Carolina’s senatorial race is unprecedented as having the highest spending by outside groups with $37.6 million for Hagan/liberal support and $29.9 for Tillis/conservative support.
According to election watchers, Sen. Kay Hagan’s attempt to paint herself as having the backing of grass roots supporters and being “not too far left, not too far right” doesn’t equate with the reality of the latest liberal political ads from outside groups supporting her campaign.
Jim Geraghty of National Review Online quotes a political consultant: “[…]Hagan had been trying to insist she’s a conservative. And now all these liberal groups are coming in [trying to reelect Hagan]. They don’t realize that it’s a dog whistle to independent voters.”
Groups on the left like Planned Parenthood, Senate Majority PAC, Women Vote! and League of Conservation Voters have supported Hagan with millions of dollars.
Hagan’s latest assertion of identifying with the grass roots or moderates and bashing billionaires shows she continues the pretense of being a centrist.
Of course, if centrist moderate means being personally worth over $24 million, and having the backing of various progressive groups then the senator from North Carolina fits the description.
However, recent exposés by Carolina Journal have revealed Hagan, her husband Chip, his brothers and her son “got more than $400,000 in taxpayer funding to finance upgrades at facilities and for businesses they own.”
Hagan’s team has brushed off the investigation into her family’s finances as attacks from the right over nothing, but her cronyism moves her further away from the common worker and more toward her extreme agenda, which favors progressive policies.
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Tags: 2014 election, North Carolina, Sen. Kay Hagan, Senate race
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