NCGOP chairman makes his pick in 17-candidate field for NC-13 GOP nod

images (5)Last weekend, mutineers concerned with the behavior of Hasan Harnett tossed him out and replaced him with walking fossil Robin Hayes.  This past weekend, Robin Hayes chaired the NCGOP state convention — spouting a bunch of talk about party unity.

This coming Friday, Hayes and his wife Barbara will be one of the hosts for a fundraiser for Ted Budd — one of the 17 Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for the new 13th congressional district.   Here’s the invite:


How does that work?  Anybody else remember a sitting state GOP chairman hosting a 220px-Robin_Hayes,_official_109th_Congress_photofundraiser for a candidate in a contested primary?

You might also have noticed that RSVPs are to be directed to Madison Shook.  SHE is the “fundraising director for the House Republican Caucus.”   (FYI — there are THREE current members of said caucus in this congressional primary.  Ted Budd is NOT one of them.)  Ms. Shook is House Speaker Tim Moore’s top fundraiser.   

Hmm.  This invite ought to make for some, um, “interesting” conversations around Jones Street and Hillsborough Street tomorrow (and, possibly, the rest of the week).

31 comments for “NCGOP chairman makes his pick in 17-candidate field for NC-13 GOP nod

  1. Jeff Hyde
    May 9, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Ted Budd is an honorable man. He comes from humble agrarian stock in Davie county. A family that has worked very hard and became successful in both traditional farming and other businesses. His resume is impressive. He has been able to raise money because of his credentials and character. His traditional principles and knowledge of our Constitution should make a blog like this proud.

    Instead, DH tries to denigrate Mr. Budd. If Robin Hayes is an old friend of the family and chooses to have his name on an invitation, what does that say about Mr. Budd’s character or qualifications to hold office? Nothing. The new 13th District needs a Representative that is “of” piedmont North Carolina and reflective of the citizens here. Ted Budd is just that kind. Do we need another lawyer, or career politician looking to move up? Or do we need someone who is a reflection of our best selves?

    Read up, before starting the slander.

    • Brant Clifton
      May 9, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      Slander? What did I say that wasn’t true? This was not about Budd anyway. And, Jeff, I think you might have missed THIS PIECE ==>

      I am rather impressed with Budd — especially since the club for growth endorsed him. My problem — as it will likely be with others — is the sitting chairman of the state party openly taking sides in such a hotly contested primary race.

    • GUWonder
      May 10, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      I greatly respect the Club for Growth and in fact am a member of it. I often use their recommendations in making my political contributions. However, one huge issue that they do not take a position on is illegal immigration. I have stayed clear of one or two Club endorsed candidates like Jeff Flake who I knew were bad on illegal immigration.

      When I heard of the Club endorsement of Budd, the first thing I did was to go to his website to check his position on that one additional issue that matters so much that is not part of the Club’s endorsement process. I found Budd seemed to be silent on illegal immigration, so I will not be sending a contribution. I do not pay for a pig in a poke on that critical issue.

    • Too Much
      May 12, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Honorable? When you have the funds needed to buy a election and your only contact to the Republican Party is to run for office as a “R” this is not a qualifier to be a Congressman.

  2. Lynette
    May 9, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    This is a direct violation of the NCGOP Plan of Organization…and should result in Hayes removal immediately.

    • Chicken S**t
      May 9, 2016 at 11:04 pm


    • Don Rufty
      May 9, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      All in favor say Aye!

    • Betty
      May 10, 2016 at 8:29 am

      Lynette is CORRECT.
      He should be removed for this AND for party disloyalty.

    • Mason
      May 11, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      2/3 of those reading the DH agree. By voice vote the Ayes have it. Robin go back to your shuffleboard game and stop ruining the NCGOP.

    • Gopwatchdog
      May 11, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      Exactly. Hasan was removed bc of this reason and he didn’t even send out the email or letter. Someone else did…

  3. Ham Biscuit
    May 9, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Hey, Robin might not follow his party’s POA, but at least he knows how to properly conduct a meeting. Take this past Saturday for instance…..oh…wait…

    • Ham Biscuit
      May 9, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Note to self: learn how to type and proof read before posting in the public arena. PoO, not PO A.

  4. Ham Biscuit
    May 9, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    And Jeff, you may want to work on your reading comprehension skills before posting in the public arena, and using words like slander.

  5. Brian Bock
    May 9, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    I assume Joyce Cotten, Kim Cotten, and Zan Bunn will publicly condemn their new chairman as they would have Hasan for lessor offenses against the POO.

    • May 9, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      You, sir, have a great sense of humor…almost as macabre as my own.

  6. Pachyderm
    May 9, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Anybody think that maybe this endorsement and sponsorship may have been a done deal prior to Hayes’ election 9 days ago?
    Doesn’t matter to me either way. Just pointing it out.

    • Betty
      May 10, 2016 at 8:31 am

      hahaha, no. Hayes knew he’d be chairman. He was caught with his acceptance speech the night before he was “elected” in an illegally convened exec comm meeting.

  7. Freedom Mom
    May 9, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    The issue here is, he is not speaking as Chairman of the NCGOP. Someone picked up the invitation and made it public. Robin Hayes did not.

    I don’t like it but that is the argument you will get if it goes ant further.

  8. May 10, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Mr. Hayes did offer his assistance to this candidate as a private citizen before becoming Chairman of the NCGOP.

    As NCGOP Chairman, Mr. Hayes has offered no endorsement in this or any other race. He will not be doing so. In no way as Mr. Hayes “used the dignity of his office” to support this candidate. Nor is his past support a statement against any of the extremely qualified other candidates in the race. Mr. Hayes has had personal relationship with this candidate’s family for over three decades.

    Mr. Hayes has asked this particular campaign to refrain from using his name in any other materials and Mr. Hayes will not be attending the event.
    Chairman Hayes will be working hard to elect the GOP nominee whomever that may be.

    • Ken
      May 10, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Mr. Hayes is not the legal chairman of the NCGOP, so please refrain from calling him the chairman.

      You should be fired as all you have done is create havoc.

      Maybe you can be the new Mayhem guy for Allstate.

      • GUWonder
        May 10, 2016 at 12:17 pm

        Isn’t it curious how Woodhouse is so much more respectful to the usurper / pretender Robin ”RIpon” Hayes than he was to the legitimately elected chairman Hasan Harnett?

        One clear bit of information that came out at the convention that shows Hayes is a usurper was Hasan Harnett at the microphone revealing that he had never received any official notice of the charges against him. That invalidates the lynching that occurred April 30.

        When the effort was made to impeach David Lewis, who richly deserved it, Lewis claimed he had never received the certified letter that the leader of the impeachment effort had sent to him at the address where Lewis was registered to vote informing him of the charges. Tom Stark ruled that Lewis’ statement about not receiving the letter prevented consideration of the impeachment if Lewis objected.

        On April 30, Stark and company danced around the fact that they had no proof that Harnett had actually received the letter giving notice, but ruled that the impeachment could proceed anyway. Now Harnett has confirmed that in fact he did not receive any official notice.

        Stark’s inconsistent rulings on the Lewis and Harnett impeachments shows that he rules for whatever seems to benefit his own faction at any given point in time. It also shows that the lynching of Hasan Harnett was completely improper.

        Shame on Tom Stark and shame on the establishment.

    • J bink
      May 10, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      So is Hayes sorry that he screwed up and showed how poor his judgement and managerial skills have gotten in his old age (which was glaringly evident at the NCGOP convention) or is he sorry that he got caught breaking the NCGOP rules by campaigning for a candidate in a contested primary?

      He’s either incompetent or he willingly broke the rule thinking nobody would notice…. or maybe both.

      Your covering for him here makes it look like he’s an old, incompetent puppet.

  9. May 10, 2016 at 2:59 am

    sorry typo should read

    In no way has Mr. Hayes “used the dignity of his office” to support this candidate

  10. Ham Biscuit
    May 10, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Oh, well as long as he didn’t use his dignity.
    I keep mine in a shoe box, under the bed. That way I don’t mistakenly use it doing this, or that, during the coarse of the day. An undignified endorsement is perfectly all right. It’s right there in the Plan of Org.
    I’m feelin all unified and..stuff.

  11. May 10, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Hey- ??NC? ??District 13? Congressional race- Ted Budd;s family fills jobs for landscapers and janitorial services in and around NC. Who do you think takes those jobs? Think about that when you go to the polls on 6/7/16.

    • john steed
      May 10, 2016 at 8:21 am

      So who is dependable on illegal immigration in that primary? Harry Warren is the best friend of illegals in the legislature, constantly trying to get drivers licenses for them. Senator Brock supported Marco ”Gang of 8” Rubio for president, so he is untrustworthy. George Rouco is a Hispanic who seems to network with the pro-amnesty crowd.

      John Blust seems fine on that issue, but I don’t know if any others are.

  12. Ginny
    May 10, 2016 at 7:18 am

    I see Woodhouse is out “correcting the record” again. What a piece of work. Hayes has overstepped and should give Hassan his rightful place back. He was elected by the body and should serve his term. We’ve had to suffer through the terms of uncountable bad NCGOP chairs and then guess what, an election comes and they can be replaced. It’s a process. But, the elites like Woodhouse and Hayes have their own set of rules.

  13. True Patriot
    May 10, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Robin Hayes should resign. Kay Daly and 15 other candidates in 13th district should demand his resignation. We need a Congressman with Conservative credentials and history of political action on the national scene. We do not need another homegrown rube who will sell out to the DC lobbyist crowd like Ellmers did. Kay Daly is the Conservative Leader that needs to go to DC and help Walter Jones and others clean it up.

  14. john steed
    May 10, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Hayes seems to be taking after his predecessor from this first stint, although a little more subdued. Tom Fetzer held a press conference as NCGOP chairman during the 2010 Congressional runoff in the 8th district to denounce the Tea Party oriented frontrunner as ”unfit for office” and endorse the second placed challenger. Getting involved in this primary while serving as state chairman is way out of line for Hayes. If he made a commitment before being elected he should have either withdrawn the commitment or not run for chairman.

  15. Too Much
    May 12, 2016 at 9:26 am



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