The man at the center of the political theatrics surrounding the Ninth Congressional District race had a few things to tell us. Some of it — we’ve heard already. Some of it was news to us.
On February 22, we submitted via email five questions about the saga to Leslie McCrae Dowless. Mr. Dowless promised to review the questions with his attorney, and then get back to us with some answers. Well, we got some answers on February 25. Here’s some of what we learned:
- Dan McCready and the Democrats did EXACTLY THE SAME THING in Bladen County that Dowless was hired to do. Yet he and Mark Harris are the only people getting crucified for it.
- Dowless had multiple conversations with NCGOP chairman Robin Hayes and executive director Dallas Woodhouse during the campaign and afterward.
- North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) director Marion Warren is responsible for introducing Mark Harris to Dowless.
- Dowless was hired directly by Mark Harris for the campaign.
When you compare the substance of what we learned with what we were spoon-fed by the drive by media and the state board of elections, it dawns on you just how poorly served we are by both institutions.
What follows is an exact transcript of our “discussion” with McCrae Dowless.