Election story was missing a few pieces

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Last week, the News+Record put out an “investigative” piece on the local Pittsboro election (“Negative flyer, online attacks haunt candidates in Pittsboro races,” Nov. 11-17 edition) that was missing a few parts.

Reporter Taylor Heeden had it right that the flyer put out by the “Pittsboro For The People” PAC seemed to have it in for Commissioner Fiocco. She didn’t mention any of the people who started that PAC, which it seems would be relatively simple to find.

Also, any digging in to the online local chatter would almost certainly have developed a picture of the other PAC involved, the “Friends of” the three local candidates (Fiocco, James Nass and Pamela Baldwin), who were being pushed as a troika on local signs. This PAC was started by Randy Voller. The chatter made it clear that Randy started this PAC, he and his wife were paid for services through same, and that the largest contributor was Mayor Nass — copies of the PAC filing documents were included.

All this was left out and Ms. Heeden wrote an article that seemed to present the opposition to Fiocco as an invalid one-off and left it to the reader to figure out why this was being done.

The complete picture might ask whether or not the opposition to Fiocco was, at least in part, the commissioner’s connection to the candidate PAC and Voller himself. I don’t have the answer to that myself, I just sensed I wasn’t getting all the information out there from the article.

Bill Crawford


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