Negative campaign for 6th congressional district continues in only televised debate

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Republican runoff for the 6th congressional district between former pastor Mark Walker and Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr. has been one filled with accusations and finger pointing.

The negativity continued Friday night in the campaign’s only television debate held by Time Warner Cable News in Raleigh.

The candidates’ views on repealing the Affordable Care Act, Immigration and Reducing Taxes were overshadowed by allegations.

Walker repeatedly asked Berger to admit whether or not his father, Phil Berger Sr., funneled $75,000 to a super political action committee to help Berger campaign.

“Yes or no,” asked Walker. “Ask him yourself,” said Berger “Call him.”

The Republican State Leadership Committee made the donation to Berger in April in which Berger Sr., president pro tem of the state Senate, helps oversee.

Walker said he felt good about the debate but still wanted answers to questions he asked about Berger’s record as District Attorney.

“What he’s claiming as his record is not factual with the reports he’s putting out,” Walker said.

Berger says he has a clean record and one that shows hard work for citizens.

“It’s unfortunate that this type of political tactics and basic fact checking tarnished what was otherwise a good debate,” said Berger, who called out Walker for linking him to the ethics violations case of Berger v. United State in 1935.

“To hear me associated with it was quite stunning. I wasn’t even born when the case was heard,” he said.

Walker said he was given false information from a credible source.

“Looking back I don’t believe there was any direct connection to Phil on that particular case,” said Walker. “We are going to own up to that.”​

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