Matheny continues to play the “reasonable” card

Greensboro City Councilman Zack Matheny continues to position himself as a “reasonable” alternative to the right-wing front-runners in the race for the Republican nomination in the Sixth Congressional district.

While front-runner Phil Berger Jr. continues to lead the pack in the eyes of most observers, Matheny is locked in a three-way battle with viable candidates hoping to get enough votes to force Berger Jr. into a runoff.

Matheny has scheduled a press conference for 3 p.m. today at which he plans to speak out about the mudslinging Berger Jr. and  Bruce VonCannon have stooped to in recent days.

“Phil Berger Jr. is a negative campaigner and the tactics he is employing are exactly the type of tactics current Congressman Howard Coble asked all Republican candidates vying for his seat not to participate in,” Matheny said in a press release today. “Voters want to hear how we intend to create jobs, revitalize the economy, and rebuild North Carolina. They don’t want to hear ugly politics as usual. Negative campaigning will only lower voter turnout and hurt the Party.”

Matheny’s press conference will take place at his campaign headquarters in Greensboro.

A political action committee backing Berger Jr. launched the mud-fest with attack pieces financed by known Berger Jr. donors. The direct mail pieces and television ads targeted Mark Walker, felt to be a solid second place contender, and the upstart VonCannon campaign.

VonCannon punched back with ominous television spots that criticized Berger Jr. for a plea-deal he offered a child molester and for the office-wiring incident Berger Jr. was involved with at the Rockingham County Courthouse.