Republican group unveils first TV ad attacking Cooper

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican Governors Association is running its first television commercial in North Carolina’s gubernatorial race, criticizing Democratic candidate Roy Cooper about his record while in the General Assembly.

The RGA says it’s spending about $500,000 on the 15-second ad that began running Thursday and will be on for the next three weeks in major Piedmont TV markets.

The commercial calls Cooper a “career politician” who increased sales taxes, income taxes and gas taxes. He served 14 years in the legislature before becoming attorney general in 2001.

Cooper’s campaign said he helped lower taxes while in the legislature and Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has signed tax laws that shifted burdens to lower-income people.

The Democratic Governors Association helped pay for an anti-McCrory ad on Charlotte TV starting last week.

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