FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Covil calls out NC House opponent again
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Republican Tammy Covil is taking to e-mail again to address questions about ties between her opponent for NC House and a man connected to Bill and Hillary Clinton and ongoing investigations into Benghazi.
As WWAY reported FIRST ON 3 last night, Covil, a New Hanover County School Board member, sent an e-mail from her school district account to fellow Republican Holly Grange questioning connections between Osprey Global Solutions, a Wilmington-based defense contractor Grange’s husband runs, and Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime Clinton friend and aide, who sent intelligence memos about Libya to Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State and reportedly helped get Osprey Global Solutions access to leaders of the new Libyan government.
“Holly Grange’s attempt to avoid serious questions regarding her company’s business dealings with Sidney Blumenthal, a known Clinton operative and crony capitalist, will not deter the public’s quest for answers,” Covil wrote in an e-mail today sent from an account created for her campaign. “Her military service is not, nor has it ever been, in question.”
In a phone interview with WWAY last night, Grange questioned why Covil had turned their race negative just a day after Grange announced her candidacy and claimed Covil had questioned her family’s service to our country.
Grange, though, said she could not discuss Blumenthal’s links to Osprey Global Solutions, citing an ongoing investigation into hacked e-mails that first brought to light the connection. When reached again today, she said after speaking with counsel, she could disclose more. Grange said she’s never met Blumenthal, and that her husband only met him once at a meeting with other people.
“Just because something is in an e-mail doesn’t mean it’s true,” Grange said.
Grange says Blumenthal has never had a financial stake in Osprey Global Solutions, and that if he ever lobbied the State Department or Secretary Clinton on behalf of the company and another group it was working with, it was not with Osprey Global Solution’s knowledge.
Grange says she doesn’t understand why Covil is trying to make this an issue in the campaign, and that it only serves to distract from the real issues in the 20th District.
“It’s very juicy. It’s very sexy. People think it’s scandalous,” Grange said. “But there’s nothing to it.”
Covil apparently doesn’t see it that way.
“(Grange) seeks to represent the residents of District 20 in the North Carolina House of Representatives; therefore, the fact that Mr. Blumenthal was actively lobbying to secure lucrative contracts on behalf of her company, Osprey Global Solutions, and that these efforts surfaced in Secretary Clinton’s email communications during the Benghazi hearings, are more than relevant to the position Ms. Grange is pursuing,” Covil wrote today. “The last thing the people of North Carolina need is to send another person to the state house that seeks to line his or her pockets through government connections and surreptitious contracts.”
Grange said her husband, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) David Grange, did go to Libya at his company’s expense on a humanitarian issue, and that the company never won any contracts in Libya.
Covil’s latest e-mail comes a day after she did not return WWAY’s phone call for comment on the original e-mail. She also refused to comment when asked about it at a New Hanover County School Board meeting last night.