The Republican candidate vying for the NC House District 73 seat in Cabarrus County has filed two cease-and-desist letters against her Democratic opponent and her campaign, accusing her of running false ads against him.

The original and current sender TV advertising depict Brian Echevarria with a fake photo ID, accusing him of bouncing a check and declaring bankruptcy, “in front of tens of thousands of small businesses”. The ad also shows Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper endorsing his opponent, Diamond Staton-Williams.

In an interview with the Carolina Journal, Echevarria says that while it’s true that he bounced a check in 1998, two years after graduating from high school, he was never caught. He filed for bankruptcy in 2010 but said he never let small businesses “hold the bag”.

“They just fabricated the story, the identity politics party,” Echevarria told the Carolina Journal. “It’s amazing that they chose these methods to smear the black man. They are the ones who are supposed to care about identity politics. As soon as a black man became awkward, they used the worst racist stereotypes to attack him.

Staton-Williams, a nurse and Harrisburg City Council member, was herself convicted of lying to a police officer. She was also charged with common assault, but a district attorney dismissed the charge. Reports say she was heading to court on Wednesday to file a restraining order against a poll worker for watching her.

Echevarria noted it was the first time he had mentioned an opponent in his campaign since he began running Jan. 4, even after a contentious primary. He also said he had to hit back after Cooper “put his credibility behind a downright fabricated photo.” He said he was disappointed that Cooper would do such a thing, but was not surprised.

“Cooper obviously lied to get elected in 2000, so it’s kind of his thing, for Governor Cooper to get involved and put his credibility and clout behind it,” he said. “He kept Gene Boyce in court for 14 years before admitting he stretched the truth and wrote a lie. This guy is a court-certified liar, just like my opponent, who was convicted of lying to a police officer.

Echevarria said they want to make him look like a criminal before the truth comes out about his opponent.

He said the campaign was desperate and trying to buy out their district, spending $360,000 on TV ads against him this week and $60,000 on Election Day.

“They would do anything to win, and I think the kind of money they’re putting into it proves that they don’t believe they will,” Echevarria said. “You don’t put that kind of money into a race that you win. I think they just go on scorched earth and just get their shot.

Echevarria is a businessman, construction contractor and financial advisor. He said his campaign is aligned with the Republican vision for the country’s future because they are on the right side of family, faith and freedom. The other vision, he says, is the polar opposite.

The Carolina Journal has reached out to the Staten-Williams campaign for comment, but there has been no response as of this writing.