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  [NC State] House candidate fights rumors of criminal past
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News DateThursday, April 19, 2012 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionFor most of his adult life, N.C. House candidate Dana Byron Bumgardner has been warding off rumors that he has a criminal record, with convictions for assaulting females and other offenses.

The gossip seems to stem from him sharing a first and last name, and the same relative age, as another Gastonia resident who has frequently run afoul of the law. Since the 57-year-old Republican launched a campaign for the state Legislature, he said he’s learned those recurring falsehoods are being used against him as part of a political smear campaign.

So Bumgardner, who is seeking the District 109 House seat, has decided to fight back. He forwarded copies of a letter from his attorney to his three Republican opponents this week. The letter essentially warns them of legal recourse in the event of libel or slander against his name.
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