Rep. Malone (R-Wake) Claim Rated "Pants on Fire" by Fact-Checkers

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With just over a week to go until Election Day, we're starting to see some of the same old dirty tricks from desperate politicians. The most recent example is Rep. Chris Malone (R-Wake Co.) who has a new mailer claiming that his opponent, who has never held elected office, raised taxes on Wake County residents. Of course it's really Rep. Malone who voted for the 2013 tax scheme, which raised taxes on small business owners and working families. 

This is the second misleading mailer Malone has sent. He recently said in a mail piece that he supported the repeal of HB2, despite voting for it in the legislature. 

From the PolitifactNC rating,

Malone wasn’t in office when the legislature created the tax-free weekend. In 2013, he voted for the bill that eliminated it.

So if anyone in this race could be said to have raised taxes on clothing and school supplies, it would be Malone – not Everitt.

Our ruling

Chris Malone, a Republican member of the N.C. House of Representatives, said his Democratic challenger Terence Everitt "raised taxes on clothing, school supplies – even baby diapers!"

That’s not true. No one has raised these taxes, including Everitt. There will be a vote on whether to raise them, but it hasn’t happened yet.

This doozy of a mailer is dishonest in multiple ways. It’s too bad Malone can’t save money on a new pair of slacks during a tax-free weekend, since we rate this claim Pants On Fire.

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