Rubio for President co-chairman Robin Hayes takes credit for Trump’s NC success

That’s right.  Just a few months before being installed via coup as NCGOP state chairman, Robin Hayes was appointed North Carolina co-chairman of the Marco Rubio for President campaign.  

Now, just days before delegates choose between Hayes and challenger Jim Womack, the state GOP HQ sends out a release touting Hayes’s “Oval Office meeting” with President Trump.    :

Today, North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP) Chairman Robin Hayes met with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office and discussed the North Carolina Republican Party’s ongoing efforts to support the Trump policy agenda and the path to victory in North Carolina in 2018 and 2020. He also had lunch with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and White House Political Director Bill Stepien. Hayes was part of a small group of GOP State Chairs from high performing states that have built some of the most successful turnout models.[…]

First of all, if you look at the photos that accompanied the release, they are not in The Oval Office.  Second of all, I can see at least FIFTEEN people in the one wide-angle photo.  (That’s not exactly intimate. And I can’t even see Trump in either photo. And, for all we know, the meeting in those photos could have been held in a Cary Holiday Inn Express.)

Third, if the Hayes-led NCGOP honestly had its act so together, why did it lose the governor’s race, the Supreme Court majority, and legislative seats during a Trump romp? 

This is one more example of playing fast and loose with the facts.  Remember the claim of “sweeping” the council of state races? 

Let’s look at the Hayes record.  During his tenure in the NC House, he earned the nickname ”the ol’ porch dog,” because he just sat there and did little.  He ran one of the worst campaigns ever for governor in 1996.  He got elected to Congress and ran as fast as he could over to the liberal Ripon Society.  The only party position he’s held, prior to his earlier term as chairman, was as an honorary one as an elected legislator.  (Then, he rarely — if ever — showed up at meetings.)

During his current term as chairman, Hayes used his party position to personally enrich himself at the expense of the state’s commercial fishing industry.

Hayes’s fundraising skills have been weak — even worse than the supposedly weak performance of the man he helped oust by coup.  He’s propped himself up by regularly running to wealthy family members to write big checks at the last minute.  (It also helps that his Jones Street cronies took their caucus money out of state party coffers while his predecessor was in, but returned the money after Hayes was, um, “installed.”) 

Hayes has been front and center of very vicious, personal and borderline slanderous attacks against two very promising, up-and-coming black Republican leaders.  

A very personally wealthy man, Hayes has written off personal expenses — like his personal jet’s fuel — to the state party.

Robin Hayes is the ideal caricature the Left likes to paint of Republicans — aimless, pampered, privileged white boys propped up by wealthy parents.  To people like him, the GOP is no different than joining the Kiwanis or Rotary.  It’s a back-scratching networking club.  His friends in Raleigh and DC want to keep him there because he is quite the useful idiot.  

Jim Womack has been front-and-center in an effort to make the GOP competitive again in a county that should have been in Raleigh’s sights long ago.  He’s a fighter that has made it cool and honorable to be a Republican in his neck of the woods.   Womack has made it clear he’s a threat to the continued success of the smoke-filled backroom crowd.  That ought to be enough to mark him as a champion for all of us who work hard, live right, and play by the rules outside the Raleigh beltline and DC beltway. 

14 comments for “Rubio for President co-chairman Robin Hayes takes credit for Trump’s NC success

  1. Carl Mischka
    May 18, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    The first post I saw on this said PA GOP leaders plus some others. I would guess the PA GOP members haven’t received several mass mailings with Robin and Michele (she has my support) promoting our NCGOP Convention, the very expensive Shareholders Report or the unconforming Zac Croats endorsement letter with an illegal “Paid for” footnote which Dee’s staff should know better than this error. This is a contentious election as it should be. Watch for posts of the new ” 20 Question” video later tonight or tomorrow which will show why there is a “Womackwave” across the state. This is our opportunity to change the culture of the NCGOP to a workers party just as last November was our chance to uproot the establishment in DC. These opportunities, and these candidates, don’t come along very often. Sieze the opportunity and then work to make it work

    • Firecat
      May 19, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Could not have said it better myself Carl.

      #Back Womack
      #ReviveTheParty

  2. john steed
    May 18, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Rubio’s big claim to fame was being pro-amnesty for illegal aliens. I guess that tells us where Hayes stands on that issue, and he is in bed with his buddy Tillis.

    The turnout operation is North Carolina was not an NCGOP operation, it was an operation designed, paid for, and managed by RNC. Hayes claiming credit for that is absurd.

    NCGOP putting out this press release is blatant electioneering for Hayes. There should be a thorough house cleaning at HQ after Womack wins.

    • Toxhandler
      May 19, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Agree as far as Hayes goes but forgive me for not crediting RNC that much either. County organizations made it happen. WE made it happen. RNC meddles entirely too much in NCGOP business. They didn’t want Harnett, either. Not in charge of a battleground state Republican Party.

      • john steed
        May 20, 2017 at 6:29 pm

        Agreed. My point is the staff who provided materials and assistance to the counties was RNC, not NCGOP.

  3. Kirk D. Smith
    May 18, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Got a phone call from Rutherford NC SOLITICITING A VOTE FOR THE GOOD CHAIR. My response “I won’t be voting for Hayes.” Thank you.

  4. Rich
    May 19, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Hayes was against it before he was for it. I believe he was against it at every Trump trouble during the campaign. Hello spine management.

  5. Too Much
    May 19, 2017 at 10:01 am

    I think Mr. Robin must be a bit concerned for his job by his attempt to solicit a nod from the POTUS. This manufactured photo op does nothing to help the damaged NCGOP.

    Hopefully Republicans are still independent enough to put a end to his reign of arrogance. Think about it Mr. Robin by not being re-elected the NCGOP gets a 2 for 1 deal. Good bye to Hayes and Master Dallas.

    Now that’s a good campaign slogan with a winning message. The 2 for 1 sale no coupons needed!

    • Informed Millennial
      May 19, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      No nod from POTUS. The PA GOP’s Twitter shows a photo with what is presumed to be several state chairs with POTUS. Their Tweet also states other Chairmen were there.

  6. observant debate watcher
    May 19, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    I was on the Trump train from June 2015. But lets not pretend the Cruz-supporting Womack was a team building, get behind Trump guy. He even opposed Trump on the floor of the national convention with the Free the Vote garbage.

    Lets not be fake news. Be honest about both sides, not just target Hayes in the discussion about who was or was not on the Trump Train.

    #NeverCruz #NeverNeverTrumpers

    • May 19, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      ODW- Let’s set the record straight. I was a Newt Gingrich and Scott Walker supporter at first When both went to the sidelines, I leaned Cruz because he most closely aligned with my brand of constitutional conservatism. I still admire that in him. I also admired Rubio’s youth and vigor, and his strong support of the military, though we were miles apart on the immigration issue. Frankly, after the NC primary, I was ALL IN for Trump, and never waivered. Heck, I sold more than $3000 of Trump merchandise to help finance my wife’s School Board campaign in Lee County. Like many good Republicans, I immediately and energetically supported Donald Trump for President after he won North Carolina. No one worked harder for him in my county- putting up signs, distributing campaign materials, working the polls, etc.

      • john steed
        May 20, 2017 at 6:26 pm

        Jim, it is unfortunate that the Woodhouse clique campaigns through smears such as this.

    • GUWonder
      May 19, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      One key for me is whether Republicans got behind Trump when he got the nomination, and from everything I have heard Jim Womack supported Trump in the general election campaign.

      The other key is who they supported when there was a wide field, and this is particularly telling on whether they are conservative or not. Anyone who supported any of the candidates on the conservative side of the GOP field – Trump, Cruz, Jindal, Paul is acceptable, as probably is someone who supported the main candidates trying to appeal to both groups – Walker and Perry.. Those we need to stop are those who supported the candidates on the RINO side of the field – Bush, Christie, Rubio, Kassich.

      Womack passes this test, and Hayes does not.

      Given the details of how Rubio backstabbed and blindsided immigration hawks in his first Senate primary, those who supported Rubio for president are far and away the most objectionable. See http://www.marcorubioamnestyman.com for the gory details.

    • patrick
      May 19, 2017 at 11:41 pm

      people worship is never I good thing unless is it worshiping Jesus and Trump is no God and really he spent his life supporting liberals and that is something real conservatives would never do

      your blind faith making in a man and making it a contest to who got in line to worship Trump first is a contest is going to make this party worse not better long term and that contest is one I will be proud to loose

      # ConservativeBeforeRepublican

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