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Testing Civility as Election Day Nears, For N.C. House, Tarleton, Jordan Slam Each Other with ‘False’ Claims

By Jesse Wood Oct. 14, 2012. Well, Watauga County Republican Party Chair Matthew Snyder hit the nail on the head. When asked about civility of the political races in August, Snyder said the tone has been “pretty smooth,” but he expected to see more “passion” once Election Day was closer. Last Tuesday, incumbent Jonathan Jordan and challenger Cullie Tarleton, candidates running for the 93rd District of the N.C. House, exhibited that passion at the courthouse during the “Meet the Candidate Forum” hosted by the Boone Area Chamber. While civility was maintained on the outside, the two candidates were visibly steaming like broccoli on the inside. In closing remarks, Jordan addressed Tarleton’s claims that Jordan and his cohorts in legislature laid off gobs of teachers by saying, “So when he says I fired local teachers, that is absolutely false, and I would go further, but this is a nice gentlemanly debate.” Both Jordan and Tarleton, who was defeated by Jordan in 2010, contend that the other is disseminating false information. Jordan Lays Into Tarleton About Bill Concerning Private Wells At the candidate forum, though, it wasn’t until Chamber President Dan Meyer, acting as the moderator, asked a question, which was handed …

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