Feb. 1, 2013
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Civitas Calls on NAACP’s McSurely to Retract Lie
Raleigh – The President of the Civitas Institute today called on attorney Al McSurely to retract a lie about Civitas he told at a press conference today.
State NAACP President William Barber held the conference to castigate efforts to require voter photo ID, and to denounce Rep. Michael Speciale, R-Craven, who had objected in a letter to comments from Barber.
Near the end of the conference, Al McSurely, legal redress chair of the state NAACP, took the podium. In his remarks, he assailed conservative groups, and said of Speciale’s letter, “I don’t think he really wrote this letter. I think he gave it to one of his Civitas people and said, ‘Let’s go after Reverend Barber.’”
“It is appalling that McSurely, an attorney and therefore an officer of the court, would make such an utterly false claim,” Civitas President Francis X. De Luca said. “He has no basis for making that charge: He made it up out of whole cloth. He should retract this lie immediately.”
Video of the whole press conference is available here. McSurely’s comments begin at roughly the 52-minute mark.
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