Dee Stewart is Patrick McHenry's political consultant. When we put our poll out on his race last week he slammed us to reporters from both the Lenoir News-Topic and the Hickory Daily Record.
Dee and his clients haven't always had such a dim view of Public Policy Polling though. Dee was also the consultant for Bill Graham's disastrously unsuccessful candidacy for Governor. It may seem hard to believe now, but Graham wasn't always doing as badly as his 9% finish might make you think.
One of those times he was doing better was last July. PPP put out a poll showing Graham with a 14 point lead in the primary. Stewart and the Graham campaign thought so much of our polling then that he put out a whole press release about it.
Dee Stewart's trying to have it both ways. If we were worth citing last July when our numbers boded well for his client, then he deserves to get called out now for saying that our polls have 'no credibility.' He sure wasn't singing that song then, and we have made no changes in our basic methodology since that time.