By Outer Banks Voice on May 4, 2018
A mailer from the campaign of Republican N.C. House candidate Bobby Hanig includes a list of past court appearances and the driving record of his opponent in Tuesday’s primary, 6th District Rep. Beverly Boswell, that date back to the 1980s.
Boswell’s campaign called on the Currituck County Board of Commissioners chairman to apologize for the attacks, which it said are the same as those made two years ago during the general election.
Also included in the mailer that arrived in mailboxes Thursday were statements that Boswell incorrectly listed her profession as a registered nurse online and that she voted against allowing state bond money to be used by Dare County to build a new campus for College of The Albemarle.
And it listed Boswell’s support for repealing the Outer Banks ban on plastic shopping bags and offshore exploration for oil and natural gas.
“I wanted to run a clean campaign since the beginning,” Hanig said in a phone interview with The Voice after the mailer had been released.
“But she has consistently bashed me throughout the campaign,” Hanig said. “It was time for people to know the facts. No name calling, no innuendo.”
Boswell’s spokesperson Luke Stancil issued a statement later Thursday, calling the mailer “shameful, personal attacks against Representative Boswell, making her relive her history as a victim of domestic violence.”
“I call on Bobby Hanig to apologize for his shameful attack on Representative Beverly Boswell and all women who have suffered as victims of domestic violence across North Carolina,” Stancil said.
It’s not the first time Boswell’s past has been the subject of a political mailer like Hanig’s.
In the fall of 2016, a political action committee known as Families First detailed some of the charges against Boswell listed in Hanig’s mailer that date back three decades.
The Families First mailer was criticized by members of both the Republican and Democratic parties for bringing into the 2016 campaign issues that Boswell said arose from a divorce.
Boswell went on to win her first term in the House that November.
“There should be no place for these types of attacks in politics in eastern North Carolina, and we should show respect and care to the millions of women who are victims of domestic violence,” Stancil said in his statement Thursday.
“The facts stand for themselves,” Hanig replied.
Hanig had previously taken a jab at Boswell on March 26, after news organizations across the state reported on Boswell’s occupation controversy.
The North Carolina Nursing Board requested she change references made on Facebook about being a registered nurse, and it was corrected to medical assistant phlebotomist. Boswell said the error was made by a campaign volunteer.
At The Outer Banks Voice/Milepost Magazine legislative candidate forum in April, Boswell reiterated her stance on funding construction at COA Dare, and the plastic bag and offshore drilling issues.
According to court documents provided by the Hanig campaign to multiple media outlets within minutes of the mailer’s distribution, Boswell had 42 charges levied against her between 1991 and 2002.
They including felony embezzlement, trespassing and bounced checks in Nash, Edgecombe and Pitt counties.
Boswell was arrested on the felony count in Rocky Mount on Nov. 11, 1991. The nature of the charge was not included in the court documents, other than a “Date of Offense” of July 26, 1991.
She entered a plea of no contest and was convicted of misdemeanor larceny on August 6, 1992. A request of prayer for judgement was granted by a Nash County District Court judge who disposed of the case.
The second-degree trespassing charge was also in Nash County on July 21, 1991 at an address that Boswell listed as her home at the time. It was dismissed without leave by the District Attorney.
Between 1991 and 1993, Boswell was charged with 40 counts of either simple worthless check or worthless check written on a closed account, all misdemeanors, for checks that ranged between $2.20 and $962.36
Boswell pleaded guilty in all cases, and they were either disposed of by a judge, dismissed by prosecutors or granted a waiver by a Magistrate or Clerk of Superior Court.
An in-depth breakdown provided by Hanig’s campaign of 25 moving and non-moving violations by Boswell date back to 1980. Most of the citations were from 1991 to 1993 in Nash, Edgecombe and Johnston counties.
After being cited in 2004 in Dare County for driving while license revoked, which was reduced to driving with no operators license, she had a clean driving record until 2016.
Boswell was given a pair of speeding tickets in Martin County for 70 in a 55 that were reduced, while a 2017 citation of texting while driving in Dare County was waived by the Clerk of Court after she pleaded “responsible.”