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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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62 Comments on "New ad pits old sheriff against current district attorney"

Always spot a slob blob
2015 years 10 months ago

Shut up slob-blob Batten. You are pitiful

2015 years 10 months ago

Both of these brothers are corrupt and only worry about their reputation and not their ditizens!!!! I was raped a year ago and NOTHING WAS DONE!!! Thanks Ben David for letting my rapist go!!!!! He didn’t feel we had enough even though there were witnesses and one witness wasn’t even interviewed until 3 months later!!!!! My rape kit never went off because it “wasn’t needed” which is bull!!!!! It just so happens that the person who raped me was working out a deal here and the housing authority and I am sure Ben wanted to keep all the peace so we can fix up the projects!!!!

Don’t tell me you don’t want it to go to trial because I ” might not win” which I don’t see how I couldn’t. I was never even given an option to have it heard by a jury of my peers!!! I just pray something like this never happens to another defenseless victim like myself!!!!!

Screw you Ben David and your pompous brother too!!!!

Tracie C
2015 years 10 months ago

Oh? Another story of political nature where the people involved act like children? Nothing new to see here.

Trudy Inge
2015 years 10 months ago

He doesn’t know when to speak the truth. Vote David back to the DA’s office and make more crooks resign as Batten did. Give em H Jon David!

Patty Smith
2015 years 10 months ago

I have been following the election closely and I wanted to add some information I think everyone should know. Jon David is a RINO (a “Republican in name ONLY” for those who are lucky enough to be unfamiliar with political jargon). In fact, his twin brother, Ben David, the District Attorney for New Hanover county, is a Democrat. Also, there is some concern over who can be considered “in the pocket” of former state senator RC Soles. If you take a moment to visit the NC Board of Elections website and peruse the campaign donations you’ll see that Jon David seems to be quite cozily nestled to RC Sole’s bosom. In what way, you may ask? Well RC Soles right hand man, Mitchell Tyler, can be found amongst the names of contributors to the Jon David cause (follow this link for the most recent updates on campaign contributions http://app.ncsbe.gov/webapps/cf_rpt_search_org/cf_report_detail.aspx?RID=125572&TP=REC ). In just this link I’ve provided you can see that Mitchell Tyler, who is essentially a proxy for RC Soles, has made multiple donations to Jon David’s reelection campaign. These include $184 on 11/19/2013, $1000 on 11/20/2013, and $150 on 12/18/2013. My final tidbit of information is that not only did Mitchell Tyler make these donations but he was also in charge of Jon David’s Columbus County fundraiser earlier this very year. It looks like the past 4 years were just 4 more years of Rex Gore, let’s have a real change.


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