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Former Obama assistant congressional candidate touts prosecutor’s track record, but only served 25 days

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A North Carolina Democratic congressional candidate touts his experience as a “former prosecutor” on his campaign website and other professional websites, but he only held the post for 25 days in 2006, according to the records obtained by Fox News.

Wiley Nickel, a North Carolina state senator and former Obama aide in the White House, announced last month that he was running for the seat of retired Democratic Representative David Price. Near the top of his campaign website’s biography page, it says, “Wiley understands the value of public service. As a former prosecutor, he helped secure justice for those in need.


Former President Barack Obama speaks at a rally to support Michigan’s Democratic candidates in Detroit on October 26, 2018.
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The Nickel law firm’s website also includes references to his 25-day tenure as a prosecutor in its biography section, claiming that his “first job out of law school was for the attorney’s office of the Merced County, where he worked as an assistant district attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. ”

“As a former prosecutor, I know what the other side is thinking and I will fight to make sure you are not a victim of the law,” a quote from Nickel on the website reads. “You deserve the best performance in Raleigh.”

The Nickel law firm’s Facebook page also makes some references to his “unique experience” as a former prosecutor. In the ‘About’ section, the Facebook page states, “As a former Assistant District Attorney, Founder and Senior Counsel, Wiley Nickel has unique experience and a comprehensive understanding of how the government prosecutes convictions.”

Former Obama assistant congressional candidate touts prosecutor’s track record, but only served 25 days

Representative David Price at a town hall meeting on March 13, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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“Using his knowledge of the prosecution’s strategies, he is able to anticipate government tactics and build a strong defense on behalf of his clients,” the page continued.

Despite repeated references to Nickel’s experience as a “former prosecutor,” Fox News obtained a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) response from the Merced County District Attorney’s Office saying that Nickel served only “deputy District Attorney” from January 23 to February 17, 2006.

In addition to these pages, Wiley referred to himself as a “former DWI attorney” twice on his personal Twitter account in 2017 and 2018.

Wiley opened his North Carolina law firm in 2011 after serving nearly three years during the Obama administration’s first term as an advanced partner, according to his LinkedIn profile. He also worked as a “political consultant” for the Democratic National Committee, among other political posts dating back to the Clinton administration.

Nickel thanked Obama on Twitter in 2018 for endorsing his candidacy for the State Senate.

Former Obama assistant congressional candidate touts prosecutor’s track record, but only served 25 days

Former President Bill Clinton attends a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network in Puerto Rico on February 18, 2020.
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“Wiley is a progressive Democrat and believes it is time to focus on strengthening our public schools, creating well-paying jobs, expanding access to affordable health care and protecting our environment, ”reads Nickel’s campaign platform. “Senator Nickel is leading the fight to protect women’s right to choose and pushes for tougher gun control laws. He supports an end to gerrymandering with independent redistribution reform that removes the power to withdraw from new legislative districts in the hands of politicians. “


The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) blasted Nickel in a quote to Fox News, calling him “another lying politician.”

“Wiley Nickel is already showing that he is just another lying politician who does not have to represent the North Carolinians in Congress,” said NRCC spokeswoman Camille Gallo.

The Nickel campaign did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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