‘It’s not mudslinging’ - Court record accusation heats up local race

Apr. 29, 2014 @ 05:36 PM

State Sen. Stan Bingham’s campaign has distributed a flier highlighting traffic citations dating back 20 years linked to his Republican primary opponent, small businessman Eddie Gallimore of Thomasville.

The flier, mailed to voters in the 33rd State Senate District as primary Election Day approaches May 6, alleges that Gallimore has citations dating back to the early 1990s for driving with a revoked license or failure to renew a vehicle license tag.
Gallimore declined to comment when contacted Tuesday by The High Point Enterprise, including when asked if the court record in Bingham’s campaign flier is accurate.
Bingham and Gallimore are the only candidates in the state legislative race, meaning the Republican primary will settle the contest. The district covers Davidson and Montgomergy counties.
The flier states that it was produced by Bingham’s campaign, though he told the Enterprise that he paid to distribute it at the urging of fellow Republicans who wanted to publicize Gallimore’s background.
“It’s not mudslinging,” said Bingham, a state legislator from Denton for the past 13 years. 
The offenses reportedly date from 1992 to 2011, according to the flier.
Gallimore is listed as having citations such as driving with a revoked license, driving without wearing a seat belt, speeding, reckless driving, having an expired vehicle registration and failing to have a vehicle inspection.
Bingham told the Enterprise that the infractions total 21 citations, which Bingham said calls into question Gallimore’s suitability to become a state legislator.
“To me, it’s an indication of how he does business,” Bingham said.
The 33rd State Senate District race is a rematch of sorts between Bingham and Gallimore. In the last election two years ago, Bingham won a three-candidate GOP primary that included a challenge by Gallimore.

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