Witnesses report that a heated argument between a film crew member and Rep. Rick Catlin took place this morning outside the government center during day 3 of early voting.
Shaun O’Rourke was holding a sign that read, “No one has killed more jobs in New Hanover County than Rick Catlin. Public Enemy #1.”
Catlin came up to the crew member and started debating him on tax. Catlin rattled off that giving a cash rebate is against constitutional law.
Shaun replied with, “You are not going to tell me that all major corporations aren’t incentivized whether it’s on the local level with permits or otherwise. You cannot tell me that.”
Finally after Catlin continued on, Shaun told him, “You really need to get out of my face. You killed my job, you killed 1000s of jobs.” Apparently the politician would not remove himself from the crew member’s personal space.
Witnesses say that Catlin told Shaun to stop spreading lies. “You’re lying. Everything you are doing is stupid. You’re stupid.”
The argument escalated and Rick’s wife got involved in what was now from what witnesses said a screaming match.
“We are trying to be professional!” Rick’s wife called out.
Shaun replied, “Professional? You just called one of your constituents stupid. This is why nobody wants you. You are going to call someone stupid in front of everybody? That’s why he didn’t get my vote.”
Catlin’s wife responded with, “We didn’t want your vote anyway!”
Catlin’s wife then moved over to the side and said, “Someone needs to talk to the campaign that was in charge of that group.”
Here’s the thing Mrs. Catlin, he’s not affiliated with any campaign. He’s here on behalf of the film workers.