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Wayne Gay ad stirs debate
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Wayne Gay ad stirs debate
Leader: McCrory's team approached former sheriff




Former Wilson County Sheriff Wayne Gay’s TV spot in support of Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory is stirring debate in the state.

"Once a sheriff, always a sheriff,” Gay states in the TV ad. "Once a Democrat, always a Democrat. Never voted any other way. Until now. North Carolina is a mess. Not getting better. Our only hope is Pat McCrory. Outsider. Fresh blood. The greatest mayor of Charlotte.

He’ll do great for our state. Or I’ll hunt him down.”

Democratic Sen. Floyd McKissick is asking McCrory’s campaign to stop running what he characterizes as an offensive ad. Gay, a 28-year sheriff, lost his last re-election bid in the 2010 Primary to Calvin Woodard, a black challenger.

Gay, who switched to the Republican Party last year, is now backing Republican McCrory. McKissick is the head of the Legislative Black Caucus.

McKissick claims his comments after that stinging defeat were racially divisive. Gay apologized later.

McCrory campaign spokesman Ricky Diaz said this week that McKissick’s criticism of a positive ad is a desperate attack by those who support Democratic rival Walter Dalton, AP reported.

"You are currently running a television advertisement starring former Wilson County Sheriff Wayne Gay, who ran a highly publicized re-election campaign in 2010 that the press classified as ‘race-baiting,’” McKissick wrote in a letter to McCrory. "He triggers a racial cue that has no place in this campaign.”

"The ad featuring Wayne Gay is offensive and plays upon fear. Thus, I call on you to take it down.”

Gary Proffitt, Wilson County GOP chairman, said he doesn’t understand what is being read into that commercial.

"I support the commercial,” Proffitt said. "Wayne has sent a very strong message supporting Pat. How all this rhetoric is being read into this commercial itself I do not understand.”

Further, Proffitt said, the local Republican Party has been in communication with McCrory’s team and Gay understands if McCrory wants to pull it.

"His team said absolutely not,” Proffitt said.

Gay was approached a while back by McCrory’s campaign staff about filming the commercial and he agreed, Proffitt said.

"He filmed it months and months and months ago,” Proffitt said. "By design it just aired.”

Proffitt said Gay has become a very active Republican in his short time in the party, even hosting fundraisers at his house. He has hosted a large fundraiser for McCrory.

"He has been a strong advocate for Republicans,” Proffitt said. "He’s a great man and I wish we had more of him. I’m just at a loss why the public keeps attacking Wayne Gay when he has done nothing wrong. It is just mind blowing to me.”

Proffitt is particularly stumped, he said, that people can read something into an ad that isn’t there in the first place.

"I have listened to it and listened to it and listened to it,” Proffitt said. "We know it is a very effective ad for the Democrats to be so upset about it.”

Proffitt said he has actually noted more airings of the ad in recent days.

And some longtime Wilson Democrats have noted it’s particularly surprising to see Gay, who had always been associated with the Democratic Party throughout three decades as sheriff, to be featured front and center in a Republican advertisement.

jjimison@wilsontimes.com | 265-7813
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Alert said...

Somebody please find the parents of "blown away" and let them know that their three year old is playing on WTD website again. Gosh parents these days!

Friday, October 05, 2012 at 2:59 PM
Just Sayin' said...

I'm still laughing hysterically at Wayne Gay's TV ad in support of McCrory for Governor. So, if McCrory doesn't do right by North Carolina,Wayne Gay is "gonna hunt him down!"
If McCrory is elected, I will be patiently waiting to see Wayne Gay take action because I think I have figured our Mr. McCrory's agenda. Keep 'em coming Mr. Gay!!! After all, "once a Sheriff, always a Sheriff!"

Friday, October 05, 2012 at 2:07 PM
Blown Away said...

ILUVCOLLARDS...For your information, I live in a very nice house...but I'm earning my own money to pay for it...haha. Enough said...not wasting anymore time with you!!

Friday, October 05, 2012 at 9:43 AM
I agree said...

I agree with I'm voting Romney. You would think that when gay lost his position as sheriff that a lot of things that people say he was involved in would come to light with him no longer being a threat. People would have come forward with information. But no. They haven't and nothing has come to the surface. Seems to me that people judged him and may be wrong. These days nobody is above the law from what I see in the news. From college coaches to governors they have all been brought to the forefront. But nothing on gay but people's opinions or rumors. It should make sense to people with common sense. Just saying.

Friday, October 05, 2012 at 9:27 AM
I'M VOTING ROMNEY said...

I dont understand where "blown away" is coming from. What does a house have to do with this article? I've heard all this stuff before but yet there are no charges being brought up on gay. I have seen other law enforcement get arrested for crimes they commit and even go to prison. But yet with all these comments im not reading anything to support the rumors on here. Day in and day out I see the same comments bashing gay and being a crook. but he was asked to be in a commercial. He continues to be a prominent figure and is respected by a lot of people. Of course not the ones he may have made mad or jealous over the years by the comments I've seen. I hope your way of life gets better because its obvious that your not happy

Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 8:39 PM
ILUVCOLLARDS said...

Sounds like maybe you dont have a nice house. it's ok "blown away" nothing wrong with a little jealousy. While your at it dont hate the other people living next to him. They must be crooks too. couple of more months you can sit on santa's lap and cry to him, get your candy cane and go home, sit by the tree and pray you dont get coal in your stocking. But then again you have to drive by his house to get to santa. I'm sorry I thought I could help you find the answer. good luck with that.

Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 8:24 PM @ i luv collards said...

" you hope the ones employed by Calvin were on their own time when making tghese comments". thats a laugh. over the years wayne used the WCSO as his own person home maintenance dept and they practically built his house on county time the country club people knew then and they still know now Gay was a crook and is still a crook who used his office for personal political and finacial gain at will.

Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 5:01 PM Blown Away said...

To ILUVCOLLARDS.....I certainly wouldn't ride by his house if I didn't have to....moron!! I was living in that area before he moved there. If you like him so much...maybe he will let you move in with him!! He's got plenty of room...hahahahaha

Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 3:36 PM ILUVCOLLARDS said...

to @goSheriff: 1st - I can guarantee you the Country Club would've voted differently if they knew then what they know now. There are not many in Wilson Co. that like Woodard, not even the ones that work for him and supported him throughout his campaign. They all talk about him behind his back. 2nd - Just because you see Calvin in the paper every other day doesn't mean they are solving more crimes. 3rd - If my memory is correct, I do believe that Gay hunted down a bank robber several years ago and ended up in a shootout with him. 4th - Hopefully, in 2014 Calvin will get his ticket out of there too.
@Blown Away - if it makes you sick to ride by his house, don't go by there. It was stupid of you to make that comment!
To Those of You Employed By Calvin: I hope you were on your own time and not making these comments on the taxpayers time.

Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 2:29 PM Blown Away said...

I have never liked Wayne Gay!! He is a fake if there ever was one!! And that big house he is living in.....certainly didn't get it "HONEST" that's for sure!! Everytime I ride by it...it makes me sick!!!! That only makes him look like the CROOK he really is!!!!!!!!! STUPID MOVE GAY

Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 10:47 AM ,” Proffitt said. “He’s a great man and I wish we had more of him. I’m just at a loss why the public keeps attacking Wayne Gay when he has done nothing wrong. It is just mind blowing to me.” said...

Gary you dont know the Real Wayne Gay and his past history. it blows my mind that you would make a statement like that someone that abused and used his sacred office for personal financial gain for so long.just because something is legal doesnt make it right. and people like him get away with alot of illegal things with his political conections he had with a corrupt statewide democratic party for so long.alot of people were intimidated ny his reputation going back to his roots in the Robin Pridgen administration.back in those days you had to be mighty careful about what you said about whom or what you knew. their were double digit suspicious deaths and unsolved murders in Wilson county back in the 60's , 70's and 80's some claim with ties to the corruption involved with the WCSO during the time when Robin Pridgen was chief deputy or sheriff and the rackets were going strong.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012 at 10:29 AM Twindad your comments are ludicrous said...

hipocritical and self righteous. the race for governor is over with. McCrory will, win hands down. the people of this state finally got a good bellyful of 140 years of corrupt, political patronizing democratic majority politics in both houses of the general assembly and along line of crooked democratic governors including the "King of Political Patronage" James B Hunt JR who was master at filling every state board and dept with poltical allies and big donors, most of whom used their position to reward their family , friends and cronies with state appointments , for personal poltical and financial gain. the only thing i worry with the inclusion of a former lifetime democratic crook like wayne Gay , in the republican party and a fundraiser for McCrory is will the republicans, let power go to their heads and become another bunch of crooks like the ousted democratic majority was?

Tuesday, October 02, 2012 at 10:19 AM "R" is for REVERSE said...

I was not in the McCrory camp but I am now! When the likes of Floyd McKissik and his fellow (race- baiters) make this kind of accusation, that was my cue. Personally I feel that Calvin Woodard is a much better Sheriff than Gay ever was and we are fortunate to have him. Really, we don't need the likes of Mckissik, Jackson, Sharpton or any of the rest of the black race-baiters telling people how to run a campaign.

Monday, October 01, 2012 at 6:57 PM who cares said...

Do you actually vote on what is said in a commercial? If you do, its a sad day.

Monday, October 01, 2012 at 3:34 PM @twindad said...

I noticed you did not address the post but just the usual liberal talking response. Again I ask if you claim to be so moral and resolute on religion how do you support a party/president that supports gay marriage and fights over how to put the word God in their platform? You can not have it both ways. I included the definition in case you did not understand>
hypocrite=twindad
a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.


Monday, October 01, 2012 at 1:34 PM twindad said...

I didn't realize Pat McCrory was challenging Obama. My fault. I thought McCrory was running for governor of North Carolina.
Of course, I realize that tobacco-chewing, floor-splitting Tea Partiers have such Obama-phobia that they think he is running for EVERY POLITICAL OFFICE IN THE COUNTRY. Oh, my God, what is this country coming to!!! It's a socialist conspiracy! Once Obama gets elected president to a second term, he is going to consolidate every political office into one, and he will be the "one". We must stop Obama now...before it's too late!!!!!!!

Monday, October 01, 2012 at 12:19 PM Mayberry! said...

Gay proclaims to McCrory after he is hunted down... "Citizens arrest, citizens arrest"

Monday, October 01, 2012 at 11:23 AM @twindad said...

You are such a hypocrite on one story you chastise people for what they say about people in line for food. You do this by trying to use religion/Bible and condemning others as if you are taking the moral high ground. However here because you are such a Obama supporter you spew hate and name calling about their challengers. How do you defend a person who is for GAY marriage. You can not have it both ways get the board out of your eye why don't you hypocrite??

Monday, October 01, 2012 at 10:25 AM twindad said...

Let the ad continue to run! It comes across as an endorsement for "Hillbillies for Pat McCrory". I realize that may be appealing for tobacco-chewing, floor-spitting Tea Party folks, but for normal people, it is an extreme turn-off.

Monday, October 01, 2012 at 9:42 AM @ Wilson said...

No one has said Calvin is perfect. he is a heck of alot more honest, straightforward and has more integrity in his little finger than Wayne Gay has in his whole body. he was a diehard demccrat when he knew he could count on the black voter base to vote a straight democratic ticket and help keep his corrupt administrtaion in office for so long. If McCrory knew the real Wayne Gay , i dont beleive he would be accepting his endorsement or letting him do fundraisers and advertisements for him. Wayne Gay sure is and was not an Andy Griffith.The people of Wilson County are very blessed to have a man of Calvins work ethic and integrity in the most sacred office in the county. i dont know the situation on the dogs , but im sure he had a reason for the way he handled it. Calvin has worked to make the WCSO as cost efficent and give the most bang for the buck of any sheriffs office in the state IMHO.

Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 7:25 PM Wilson said...

Calvin is not perfect and you run down Wayne Gay. I understand he bought 4 drug dogs. The Wilson Police Dept offered to help train the the dogs. The Wilson Police Dept. has trained dogs for years and have top ranked trainers. Instead Calvin sends his dogs off to be trained. Just think what that cost the Tax Payers of Wilson County. Calvin likes to spend money at our expense

Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 12:49 PM @R said...

That's the best and smartest comment on here yet.
McCrory has my vote no matter what. And yes I am a democrat from Wilson.

Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 9:43 AM Former Wilsonian said...

Just to let you know how important former Sheriff Gay is to those outside Wilson County, when the Charlotte Observer mentioned him in an article they said he was from Wayne County - and nobody noticed.....

Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM "R" is for REVERSE said...

This is the perfect time for somebody to tell McKissik to take a hike. If anybody is (race baiting) it is he. This is a free country for white people also Mr. Mckissik (at least for now).

Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM @ Gosheriffgay said...

1st Let me jog your memory about election 2010. Woodard carried the vote majority in country club! The Gays home area where he lived. More whites voted for calvin than for gay!!! lol
2nd Since Woodard took over the Sheriffs office is solving more crimes getting more drugs than they have in a looooong time.
3rd. If Gay hunts Mcrory down it will be the first person hes ever hunted down!
4th The right guy got elected. He campainged all over this county not holding some snooty 100 dollar a plate fund raiser at the oyster bar. Gay thought this county owed him something. He got what he deserved in 2010. A ticket out of the Sheriffs office!!!

Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 11:44 AM Wilsonian said...

How is it that McCrory is accused of race baiting in this commercial but yet the democrats think there is nothing wrong with Walter Dalton's campaign that has a blatantly racial commercial accusing McCrory of not understanding the black community?

Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 9:09 AM “We know it is a very effective ad for the Democrats to be so upset about it.” said...

nothing about it effective at all except to stir up blacks in the democratic party and create a larger turnout and registration surge and alienate conservatives who question if McCrory and the republicans are learning to be just as corrupt and politicallly patronizing as the 140 year democratic mjority crooks the good people of this state finally had the good sense to unceremoniously send packing.

Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 8:47 AM Proffitt said. “He’s a great man and I wish we had more of him. said...

he is a great crook and became a millionaire off the political and business connections he made off his misuse of his sacred office. he was aprotege of the mosy corrupt sheriff in NC history. Robin Pridgen who was convicted of racketeering and protecting brothels and other illegal activities in Wilson coun ty for yeat. Wayne Gay went from a tobacco clerk and novice part time deputy to being appointed a detective , as a favor to Gays father Lonnie by Pridgen in 1976 and in 1979 was appointed detective lieutenant under Pridgen . he was a great detective because apparently he was the only person in Wilson county who had no knowledge of the countywide corruption and racketeering going on right under his nose for years. I dont think mcCrory has too much to worry about Wayne Gay hunting him down if he doesnt do right. Gay is about as inept as Inspector Clouseu or is one of the best actors and shrewdest con man i have ever seen.

Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 8:43 AM former republican said...

the day i heard Wayne Gay had joined the Wilson County Republican Party is the day my wife and i changed our lifelong republican party afiliation to unafiliated or independent. Mccrory lost my support the day he let a corrupt former sheriff and democrat host a fundraiser for him. i wont vote for Dalton but i wont vote for Mccrory either.

Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 8:34 AM This is a joke! said...

This commercial is a joke and it makes the Wilson County Republican party look very foolish. Gay just can't let it go. Or I'll hunt you down? And do what Wayne? You are a nobody and have no power to do anything. You are yesterday's news and I feel positive that McCrory will lose Wilson County! And a little advice for the Wilson County GOP. Get rid of Proffitt. There has to be someone more capable of running the party. His comments and obvious love of Wayne Gay continue to drive many people away!

Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 8:32 AM Wow!!! said...

What's funny is how after "losing" the election to a black candidate and publicly talking abt "race" Profitt stop playing dumb and stating things we all know are not true!!! Wayne Gay was only a Democrat on paper & a dirty sheriff that delved in dirty tactics, something we ALL know!!! Get real& wake up!!!

Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 7:48 AM deep pockets said...

you told my daughter u had deep pockets cause of the dumb people of wison co.Iam glad woodard won and he is doing a great job .You are a joke.

Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 1:58 AM gosheriffgay said...

Wayne Gay is a great man and I would love to have him on my side. He should have been re-elected Sheriff. Sheriff Gay only lost because of the racist people that only voted this time because of Sheriff Woodard's race. Sheriff Gay will always be the best Sheriff Wilson ever had. The Democrats are foolish if they think this ad should be taken down. They are just scared that it will be the last bomb to make them lose the election in November.

Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 1:12 AM funny said...

i would have checked the voting record from 2010 if I was McCrorys campaign to see that having Wayne Gays endorsement isn't going to win anyone in Wilson that isn't already solidly in the red.

Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 1:10 AM Democrat for McCrory said...

Just goes to show that some of us Democrats or former Democrats have come to see the light!

Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 12:52 AM
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