Dalton turning attention to Nov. election

Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton (Image courtesy Office of the Lt. Governor)

May 9, 2012 10:31:54 AM PDT
North Carolina's current Lt. Governor is now the Democratic Gubernatorial nominee for governor.

Walter Dalton beat former US Congressman Bob Etheridge by 8 percentage points in Tuesday's primary election.

Coming off an intense three-month primary, Dalton told ABC11 Wednesday that he is now turning his attention to winning the November election.

Republican nominee, former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, has more money and more name recognition than the Lt. Governor, but Dalton said he is up to the challenge.

"I think there will be a vibrant debate and I look forward to that," he said.

Dalton's already taking shots at his competitor, trying to tie former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory to Republicans in the state Legislature.

He was referring to the controversy back in January when House Democrats claimed Republicans failed to give public notice that bills would be taken up during a surprise late-night legislative session.

"I think if you look at what this General Assembly did, I think (he) embraced all that," Dalton said. "He was asked one time on what he would have done differently and the only thing he criticized was the midnight session."

Dalton was also critical of McCrory's refusal to release his taxes or talk about his employment as a consultant with a Charlotte law firm specializing in political issues.

"If he was meeting with corporate clients and was making any type of promises then perhaps he should have been a registered lobbyist," the Lt. Governor said.

ABC11 also asked Dalton what he thought about a website that referred to him as "Bev Part 2" and tried to tie him to Governor Bev Perdue.

"It's like having two quarterbacks on a team, they both pass and run, but they may do it differently and have different types of success," Dalton said.

McCrory was unable to comment Wednesday due to scheduling conflicts.

Meanwhile, Dalton said he looks forward to going head-to-head with McCrory in as many debates as possible in the coming months.

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