#ncga: A wee bit creepy

(No, Dallas.  I’m not talking about YOU.)

I found a link to the House Republican Caucus website on Twitter.  It led me to a post about HD-63 candidate Erica McAdoo (D).  A button invites visitors to “Learn More.”

When  you click on the link, you are brought to a deep-dive background check on McAdoo that borders on what you get treated to when seeking a federal security clearance.  At least the feds have the decency to keep the info confidential. 

Now, I wasn’t born yesterday.  I KNOW opposition research happens on both sides of the aisle.  I’m used to it being kept confidential for the use of a campaign brain trust.  This is the first time I’ve seen it thrown out there raw for public consumption. 

(And you wonder why more people don’t jump out there to run for office.) 

It looks like we’ve got the details of a credit check on McAdoo and her husband.  Loan amounts and outstanding balances.  What does this have to do with electability, or ability to serve constituents?

Jason Saine was broke and on unemployment when he got appointed to the House.  Now, he’s one of the most influential players in the majority. (The McAdoos appear to be in much better shape than Saine was at the start of his tenure in Raleigh.)

They’ve got her husband’s driving record in there.  WHAT has THAT got to do with her ability to be a legislator?   (And her personal finances? She’s not an elected official in a position to get paid off by dirtbag lobbyists.)

I see that the oppo report doesn’t mention that she got money from the same solar goons who have been lining the pockets of Republicans in Raleigh for years now.  *AW-KWARD.*  

I get all kinds of stuff over the transom here at Haymaker HQ.  Allegations and other assorted dirt about this politician’s spouse or kid.  If it has nothing to do with the abuse of taxpayer money, or the pol’s integrity or ability to do his or her job, I leave it alone.

In the caucus’s defense, I do think her attendance at a NC House fundraiser in NEW YORK CITY is interesting.  NYC is well outside the boundaries of House District 63.  (But GOP leaders in both chambers regularly go outside their districts and the state — to Arkansas, DC, SC, FL, and NY — to raise cash.) 

If you lean on in-office cronies to slip you some tax money to help start-up your business (so you can “promote” basketball tournaments), that’s one thing.  But a candidate’s detailed history of car and home ownership ???

Don’t get me wrong.  I hope McAdoo LOSES in November.  The things she openly supports are bad news for all of us.

But this practice of performing a Google “colonoscopy” on someone and dumping ALL the dirty details out there for everyone to see is over-the-top.  *A wee bit creepy, as the headline says.*

1 comment for “#ncga: A wee bit creepy

  1. Raphael
    August 12, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Why is the GOP getting off in the weeds when there is a solid issue they could go after this Democrat on? That issue is the solar and wind energy scam. It is an issue that has produced dramatic results for conservatives in elections this year in two English speaking developed countries – Australia and Canada.

    In the Australian state of South Australia, the Labour Party was kicked out of control after 16 years in power in what was dubbed a referendum on renewable energy – wind and solar. When Labour won power in the state, South Australia had the lowest electric rates in the world, but Labour switched 50% of their power supply to wind and solar and that gave them the highest electric rates in the world and the voters kicked them out.

    The election in Canada’s most populous province, Ontario, in June saw the Conservatives use the high electric rates caused by building lots of wind and solar as a major campaign issue and trounced the Liberals who had been in power for 15 years. The Conservatives gained 49 seats for a total of 76, while the Liberals lost 48 of their 55 seats to hold on to only 7, the worst result in the 161 year history of the Ontario Liberal Party and the worst defeat ever for a governing party in Canada. Indeed, with only 7 seats, the Liberal Party no longer even qualifies to be recognized as a party group in the Ontario parliament. This is the political result of embracing the tar baby of wind and solar energy. The new Conservative government in Ontario has already had a field day, cancelling hundreds of wind and solar projects that were in the pipeline, some of which had been in planning and permitting for ten years.

    Republicans need to run on real pocketbook issues that impact average voters like affordable electricity. It works other places and will work in North Carolina, too.

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