A blog posted on the Web site of the Fayetteville-based "We The People of the Sandhills" carries this headline: "HAROLD JOHNSON--TAX CHEAT AND NON-RESIDENT RUNNING FOR 8TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT SEAT."
Blogger Michael Hyers posted federal court documents showing a judgment against Johnson for failing to pay federal taxes. I got two e-mails from people who passed the documents along.
One small problem -- it's the wrong Harold Johnson.
A check by our researcher Marion Paynter showed that the tax-owing Harold Johnson lives in Pennsylvania, not North Carolina. He's not the Harold Johnson running for Congress in the 8th District.
It is true that Pennsylvania is outside the district.
Hyers, who appears to have an unlisted number, could not be reached.
"If anybody has questions they want me to answer, before looking foolish writing stuff, give me a call," Johnson says.
Hyers' blog wasn't the only questionable post on the WTP Sandhills site.
A Sunday post announcing its endorsements in congressional races -- including that of Johnson rival Tim D'Annunzio -- described the group as a "non-partisan group of American Patriots" that includes "such notable members" as Cumberland County GOP Chair Suzanne Rucker.
Rucker says she's not even aware she's a "member" of the group and, as party chair, isn't endorsing anyone.
"This is the kind of group I fear that can give a bad name to the Tea Party movement," she said. "The misuse of my name ... is an example of the bad things that can happen."
D'Annunzio, by the way, will rack up his second endorsement in as many days from a Tea Party group. Concord-based "We The People NC" plans to announce its endorsement tonight.
Ric Starnes, spokesman for We The People NC, said his group based its decision on a straw poll among members following a forum last week.