When false ads run, what's the recourse?
RALEIGH -- It was 1988, and then-Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Tony Rand decided to go to court.
"There's never been anything that's been this low," RanåΩd said at the time.
The "low" was an ad from the eventual winner of the contest, Republican Jim Gardner, that accused Rand of harboring a drug smuggler after the man had fled the scene of a drug sting operation in Wilmington.
The ad concluded, "Now Tony Rand claims to be the leader in the war on drugs. The question is, which side of the war is he on?"
Not include in the ad was that Rand had attempted to call federal authorities and eventually became a federal witness in the case.
Rand, who was one of the more powerful lawmakers in the state Senate before and after the 1988 race, sued Gardner and his campaign for libel....