#ncga: ANOTHER Raleigh swamp-dweller jumps on McInnis bandwagon

Raleigh is not being all that subtle about trying to pick our next senator down here in the Sandhills.  The Senate GOP caucus paid for mailers promoting state senator Tom McInnis. (Never mind he is locked in a tight primary with another Republican, Whispering Pines mayor Michelle Lexo.)  The NC Chamber has also shelled out cash to try and save McInnis.  Now comes the “Home Builders Education Fund, Inc.” paying for another round of pro-McInnis mailers.  (And I see they used Relyus — the in-house favorite direct mailer of Senate GOP leaders – to carry out the mailing.  Interesting.)

The “Education Fund” is a PAC set up by lobbyists allegedly representing the interests of homebuilders before the General Assembly.

All of this is not about Michelle Lexo opposing the GOP agenda, being bad for business, or being bad for homebuilders.  This is about influence peddlers who feed at the Jones Street trough keeping Berger & co. happy so they can come back to the trough for seconds, thirds, fourths …

This is a new district.  Granted, McInnis is an incumbent.  But Moore County — now the largest contingent of voters in the district — has never been represented by him.  We don’t know him.

Reports have been circulating for months about McInnis ticking off key Republicans in the county.  Stories of him telling Moore Republicans they need to vote for him because Democrats like him.  Stories of McInnis telling Moore Republicans they need to vote for him because he can win Scotland and Anson counties. (He didn’t in November 2016.)

The numbers actually show you can win the primary AND the general in this district with very little help outside of Moore County.

Voters in the newly-configured 25th district need a spirited debate among the candidates.  Raleigh forcing someone down our throats can leave quite a bad taste.

Republicans spending money — and directing special interest money — against other Republicans is BAD form.

4 comments for “#ncga: ANOTHER Raleigh swamp-dweller jumps on McInnis bandwagon

  1. Ryan
    April 12, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    As his current constituent, I can’t tell you how happy I am that he’s no longer going to represent my district. Trust me, you all need to vote for Michelle Lexo!

  2. john steed
    April 13, 2018 at 7:42 am

    McInnis is a liberal who voted for Roy Cooper’s repeal of HB 2 and voted for Barack Obama’s green energy policies. He badly needs to be replaced.

    Why is it not surprising that the special interest swamp in Raliegh is pushing their waterboy McInnis?

  3. Senator McAintUs
    April 13, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Here you all go again, attacking me because you don’t understand how things operate! Phil said I would get to be Senator of this new district, it’s mine! They got rid of those rascally scoundrels up in Stanly and Montgomery counties who were conspiring against me. Moore County was supposed to be nice and safe, good Republicans that understand that they’re supposed to vote for who they’re told to. You all better shape up, or I’ll find out where you work!

  4. Melvin
    April 16, 2018 at 12:21 am

    From my experience as a constituent in McInnis’s current district he is only interested in one thing-HIMSELF. Moore county voters do not need to saddle themselves with this joke when they have an option of the quality of Michelle Lexo. McInnis often worked contrary to our state representative’s efforts in Raleigh not good when you need help for your district from Raleigh. If you are voting in the Republican primary vote for a real Republican vote to end McInnis’s time in Raleigh by voting Lexo.

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