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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s not every day you see a democrat buy an ad supporting a republican, but that’s exactly what a former sheriff did and more.

It is a battle royale with an unlikely opponent.

District attorney Jon David faces a republican primary challenge from Ryan Smithwick. But a former sheriff has joined in the fight after buying an ad bashing David.

Just one month before elections Batten bought an ad in the Whiteville News Reporter showing comments David made in a 2011 article in “Lawyers Weekly.”

In the ad Batten said, “David boldly stated that he aligns himself, ‘very well with the wine-and-cheese set, the kind of people living in the gated communities.'”

We showed David’s opponent the ad for his thoughts.

“I think those comments, they speak for themselves as far as what types of citizens in the community you do well with, and what types that you don’t do well with,” Smithwick said.

Batten said David told a civic organization, “I thought the hardest thing I would have to do when I took this job as DA would be whether to play nine holes or 18 holes of golf.”

But David says those comments were taken out of context.

“I don’t even play golf right now at this point in my life,” David said. “I’m so busy with the work of being district attorney and being a dad of two children under four years old that my time is very much consumed. So what you have here are people who try to take things out of context for political gain.”

And this is not the first time Batten has had some unfavorable comments about David.

In 2011 Batten told “Lawyers Weekly” that David was not treating Columbus and Bladen counties fairly, but he later told us the writer only used his negative comments for the story.

Batten made it very clear who he wants as the next DA, but David says Smithwick is not qualified for the job.

“My opponent is a criminal defense attorney who’s never handled a murder case, so from an experience stand point, and experience really matters when we’re talking about district attorney, we’re just at very different places in our career,” David said.

“Well experience, I would disagree with him. I’ve got experience. As far as a murder case is concerned, I’ve tried everything short of a murder case. That means I’ve tried attempted murders, rapes, robberies, violent cases,” Smithwick said.

We tried reaching Batten for his comments, but he did not return our calls.

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2016 years 1 day ago

Cases in some counties take up to 7 years. I point to Robeson where a DWI took that long to try. But 4 years really does not mean much except that there is a lot of crime. Many counties have been considering a night court for years. It’s just that there is no budget for it. But the presence of crime and people in jail reflects a nation of laws. It also shows that the DA and Judges have much work to do. Am I correct in that you or someone else on here insinuates that another DA would guarantee… Read more »

Lea Marshburn
2016 years 1 day ago

Unlike the corrupt regime from Rex Gore’s administration; so why try to fix? Anyways I do not see a candidate that matches the incumbent’s experience. By the looks of these posts if such can be taken into account as a survey and other posts I’ve read on the Net, Smithwick does not stand a chance. As far as campaign finance Smithwick’s shows poor results as he’s running a poorly financed campaign. David, the best choice, appears to have raised 10x what Smithwick has raised. I have read Smithwick’s claims that he has all this support and yet I see… Read more »

James Devry
2016 years 1 day ago

There rarely comes a time in history where Free men and women can take a stand and make a difference, there are so many lies and mis-truths out there that it is difficult to choose a course of action, HOWEVER WHEN A WEAK POINT IS AVAILABLE, IN THE WAVE OF TYRANNY, Then Free Men And Women should STRIKE AND TAKE A STAND AT THAT POINT!
Vote Jon David for District Attorney.
Help save our district.
A vote for Jon David sends a message loud and clear that we will not give in to corruption.

Jason Harvey
2016 years 1 day ago

Thank you WwAY for allowing us to have a voice. But there is nothing new here. A simple Google of “support Jon David against Corruption” will unequivocally prove my point. Here’s a repost from the GOP chair last election.

May 26, 2011 in News | Comments (0)
Statement from 7th District GOP Chairman Frank Williams:
“I am sorry that I could not attend today’s event, but am tied up working on some pressing deadlines for clients.
“I have had the opportunity to get to know Jon David over the past couple of years. Speaking as someone who was born and raised here… Read more »

2016 years 1 day ago

So what are you saying? The district attorney does not calandar cases. Would you recommend we let all these people out. Sixty seven percent will go on to commit more crimes. I am retired law enforcement from Brunswick. The new DA worked well with us. I witnessed that myself. Are things perfect? No. Will they ever be? No. Not until God returns. There is many types of misinformation being spread. It is shameful. There are many crooks in office. It is sad. There are a few trying to get rid of an honest guy. That’s all I see happening.… Read more »

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