Why do they always resort to this? Because they can't win on their own merits or virtues.
Jonathan Jordan, the Republican from Ashe County running against Cullie Tarleton, is polling in this district with this choice question: Would you be more or less inclined to vote for Cullie Tarleton if you knew he were an investment banker who had been charged with embezzlement?
Would you be more or less inclined to vote for Jonathan Jordan if you knew he was a sleazebag lawyer?
For the record, Cullie Tarleton was not an investment banker and has never been charged with anything. Plus he's a good man, which is something we can't say for Mr. Jordan.