Spratt campaign ad is unjustified

October 6, 2010 

Someone asked me several months ago, “Would John Spratt get ‘ugly’ in the Congressional campaign?” I assured him that the Spratt I knew was too much of a gentleman and too principled to stoop to smear campaigns. After seeing his ad aired in the Charlotte media market attacking Muck Mulvaney on Lancaster County’s Edenmoor development, I need to apologize to the man and correct the misinformation I’d left. The ad, while totally unjustified, is brutal. The scenes are every subdivision homeowner’s worst nightmare. The only problem: It is not a Mulvaney development. The Mulvaney Group sold that property in 2005. (The Lancaster News: reporter Chris Sardelli, March 2010.) The new owner changed the original development concept through rezoning and then went into bankruptcy when the housing bubble burst. They abandoned all their contractual obligations, leaving the broken pavement and overgrown concrete scenes that John Spratt’s attack ad filmed and incorrectly attributed to Mulvaney. The facts were established in 2008 and repeated in the March 2010 article, long before the ad was filmed. As sobering as this thought is, John obviously has also handed his campaign over to Washington experts. What is ironic is that the Edenmoor development is a stark reminder of a failed Democratic program that John Spratt has supported. Fellow Democrats Chris Dodd and Barney Franks, with John Spratt’s support, passed legislation that literally forced banks to give mortgages to unqualified buyers. That, as we all know, drove up property values and became a major contributor to the housing bubble. That bubble burst, leaving thousands of bankrupt developments like Edenmoor. Peggy Upchurch Lake Wylie

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