False and Defamatory Ads By Opponent

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October 6, 2022



Sen. Michael Lee Responds to the Court’s Decision in His Lawsuit Against Marcia Morgan and Her Campaign Committee Over False and Defamatory TV Ads

Wilmington, N.C. – State Senator Michael Lee reacted to Judge Phyllis Gorham’s decision not to order Marcia Morgan to take down her false television ad, which maliciously defames Lee and his law firm. While the lawsuit will proceed to trial, the judge chose not to grant the immediate relief Senator Lee and his law firm requested. Morgan’s attorney represented to Judge Gorham that she would be voluntarily discontinuing the ad as of today.

“The ‘lie and buy airtime’ scheme that Marcia Morgan is perpetrating, cravenly lying to voters to win an election, has to stop,” said state Senator Michael Lee (R-New Hanover). “New Hanover County residents have had enough of this type of campaigning from Marcia Morgan and politicians like her. She crossed the line, and we cannot let her get away with it. One day soon, a jury of New Hanover citizens will pass judgment on her defamatory advertisement. In the meantime, all New Hanover voters will pass judgment on Morgan’s course of behavior on November 8th.”

The ad being run by Marcia Morgan falsely claims that Lee used his political position to help clients at his law firm. This lie mimics a false ad from a previous campaign. At that time, Mayor Bill Saffo (D-Wilmington) and Commissioner Woody White (R-New Hanover) separately issued statements denouncing the charge as categorically false.

“While I am disappointed in this ruling, I remain confident that justice will ultimately prevail, both in the lawsuit against Marcia Morgan for her defamatory attack ad against me and a Wilmington small business and in the poll booths on Election Day when the voters of New Hanover County reject Morgan’s radical and dangerous positions,” said Lee.

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