NC-09: 48 subpoenas (and NO ONE to serve them)

Hillary Clinton’s lawyer has stepped up to represent Dan McCready (D) in the political sideshow currently engulfing the Ninth Congressional District.  Marc Elias has written to former state board of elections chairman Josh Malcolm to lay out his need for 48 subpoenas to be issued to witnesses ahead of the January 11 “vote fraud” hearing.

The  most notable names on Elias’s list are Dallas Woodhouse and Robin Hayes.  Elias claims Hayes knows something about electoral shenanigans in the race.  (Personally, I don’t think Hayes is aware of what’s happening inside NCGOP HQ — much less inside the Mark Harris campaign.) 

Notice that I emphasized the word former in talking about Malcolm.  The state board which he was chairing has been disbanded by court order.  Legislation approved by the General Assembly, vetoed by the governor and overridden by the legislature wipes out the board of elections — as it was constructed during  Malcolm’s tenure — and calls for a new board to be seated on January 31. 

Governor Roy Cooper announced that he would get around that bump in the road by appointing an “interim” board of Democrats and Republicans.  The NCGOPe, apparently having located their man parts. countered by saying that they would not cooperate with anything that deviates from the court order disbanding the old board or the vetoed-but-overturned legislation approved by the General Assembly.  The other side has Hillary’s high-powered DC attorney.  The NCGOPe is being repped in this matter by John Lewis. (NOT the civil rights guy.  The guy who lost the NCGOP vice-chairman’s race to Michele Nix.

In the wake of all this, there is an interesting question raised.  WHO would issue and serve the subpoenas Elias  wants for the January 11 hearing?  The elections board is disbanded. The relevant legislation says a new board shall  not be seated until January 31.

10 thoughts on “NC-09: 48 subpoenas (and NO ONE to serve them)

    1. There’s a reason why the President won’t give Mueller an unlimited time, open-ended interview…..you might do well to reflect on that.

  1. Why has the GOP not brought in a high powered election lawyer? That is not John Lewis’ background. The fact that the Congressional leadership has not done so speaks volumes that they are trying to throw Harris under the bus because he is a conservative. One would think that Harris would realize that the help he can get from NCGOPe and national Republicans is illusory and he needs to lawyer up with someone with more election law horsepower than John Lewis.

  2. Why would Marc Elias request those subpoenas when there is no board? Is he hoping that Republicans will push back and create a situation that’s favorable for Democrats? Does he not understand North Carolina state law and is unaware that we have no board? Is he scared that this whole thing will go to the federal courts and he will lose if the hearing is put off until February?

    What’s his game?

  3. I think the list is to make it appear they have a bunch of evidence they really don’t have. Most of those people on the list are absurd.

    Math experts who have never been to Bladen County, people who’s only connection is double hearsay
    “Someone told me that someone told them, they are destroying ballots.”

    For the purposes of certification the only people that are relevant are those who touched a ballot.

    The only purpose of the Board hearings should be:

    Did ballot fraud take place that altered, destroyed or created ballots. (The last has never been alleged)

    The boards investigation on CERTIFICATION, (the only one it should be doing)
    should be based on these simple questions.

    Were votes altered in some way?

    Are those possible irregularities wide spread, documented, and verifiable?

    Even if they are “wide spread” are they “wide” enough to have a substantial likelihood of changing the
    outcome of the race.

    Remember Harris leads by 900 votes. Changing 600 or so votes would be very difficult.

    Who allegedly knew, what and heard what is completely irrelevant to the question of certification.

    It is simply what may or or may not have happened and how they did or did not impact the race. Broader questions can be looked at by law enforcement if needed.

    On the issue of our attorney, Mr. Lewis is representing us on the matter of the unconstitutional Cooper temporary board. He is very qualified for f this.

    The overall legal efforts on certification is being mead by the NRCC and Harris campaign

  4. DALLAS WOODHOUSE SHOULD SHOW UP BECAUSE HE’S BEEN MISSING IN ACTION THAT WAY
    HE CAN SUBMIT HIS RESIGNATION AND LEAVE IT FOR THE NEXT BOARD HE’S SHOWN ZERO LEADERSHIP FOR THE REPUBLICANS NOW EVERYONE SHOULD UNDERSTAND WHY THE PARTY CANT WIN WITH LEADERS LIKE THIS, HE MUST GO !!

    1. I understand the reasons for wanting to be anonymous, but using a pen name sure doesn’t help in adding credibility to comments.

    2. The Executive Director is not supposed to provide leadership. That is the job of the chairman. The job of the ED is to see that policy set by the Executive Committee and Central Committee is properly carried out. We have chairman who lets the ED perform the chairman’s role and an ED who seizes way too much power for a hired hand. That all needs to change with a new chairman and a new ED.

      1. It seems we also need some Central Committee changes and an Executive Committee willing to take this bull by the horns as well.

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