“Far” right, far left — AND FAR WRONG !

That reanimated fossil Rob Christensen is at it again in The N&O newsroom.  I still don’t understand WHY people think he is such a political Svengali.  He doesn’t have a clue.  Here he is on last Tuesday’s vote: North Carolina’s primary on Tuesday reflected two powerful national trends that are coursing through the body politic — the continued political polarization in the age of Trump and the rise of the #MeToo movement. If you were a Republican candidate running in the primary, you couldn’t be too conservative or too pro-Trump. If you were a Democrat, you couldn’t be too liberal…

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Shu’s very bad, horrible Election Day.

North Carolina has an abundant supply of people calling themselves “political consultants” who really don’t have much of a clue.  Unfortunately, the NCGOP has more than its fair share of that surplus.  I, for one, am incredibly frustrated by quality candidates going down in flames thanks to pee-poor advice from these “political consultants.” Many of these so-called consultants are not long out of college.  Many are forced on candidates by NCGOP HQ and other elements of the NCGOPe. One example I can think of as OVERRATED is RedDome Group.  Its marquee operative is former legislator and NCGOP vice-chairman Carolyn Justice….

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#ncpol: Harris nabs BIG family values endorse in NC-09

In their heated rematch from last cycle’s nail-biter, congressman Robert Pittenger and challenger Mark Harris have been bending over backwards to woo the district’s social conservatives and values voters. Harris appears to have scored big with an endorsement from The NC Values Coalition — arguably the state’s largest and most effective lobby for the conservative social agenda: Since the founding of our coalition, we have had the opportunity to closely work with Mark Harris on every pro-life and pro-family initiative our coalition has advanced in North Carolina. Mark Harris is a determined leader and tireless advocate for conservative family values….

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#ncpol: Wheels falling off of Shumaker’s ‘Trump-hug’ strategy?

Uber-consultant Paul Shumaker is advising candidates in two of the state’s most-watched congressional primaries:  the GOP races in the 3rd and the 9th. Indian casino lobbyist (and Shumaker client) Scott Dacey has been casting himself as the top Trump-booster and beating up incumbent Walter Jones for “opposing Trump” in the 3rd.  Meanwhile, there is little to no evidence that Dacey showed support for Trump until he filed for Congress and hired Shumaker. Over in the 9th, Shumaker is trying the same ‘Trump-hug’ strategy with his client Robert Pittenger.  Let’s see how THAT is working: If U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger has…

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#ncpol: Donald,um, who? Trump?(Oh, yeah. He’s good.)

Two of the more interesting races in May will be GOP congressional primaries involving candidates managed by uber-consultant Paul Shumaker.  Shumaker is known for his cookie-cutter approach to campaign management.  And it shows in his guidance of the campaigns of his clients, Robert Pittenger in the 9th district, and Indian casino lobbyist Scott Dacey in the 3rd. Shumaker has both men attaching themselves at the pelvis to the 45th president. Pittenger has been running ads trumpeting his love for Trump and attacking his rival, pastor Mark Harris, as an anti-Trump liberal infidel.   Dacey has gone as far as setting…

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#ncpol: A little Rob-on-Rob love

Rob “RielleWho” Christensen is exactly what Rush means when he speaks of “the driveby media.”   For decades, he’s covered up and apologized for the likes of Jim Hunt and John Edwards while tying himself up in knots to screw conservatives at every turn.  Republican primary voters should know to be very wary of any Republican  Christensen speaks kindly of.  Here Rob is trying to save Robert Pittenger: If you want an example of just how empty and dispiriting American politics has become, all you have to do is look at the Republican congressional primary in the Charlotte-centric 9th district.[…]  You…

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#nc-09: While Pittenger hugs Rove, Harris hugs up to Breitbart, Bannon

Remember when Robert Pittenger earned national attention refusing — on video — to vote to repeal ObamaCare?  Well, he’s back in the national spotlight AGAIN:  When is a wall not a wall? When it is a euphemism. Speaking at Lumberton High School earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger told students that President Donald Trump never intended to wall-off Mexico, but rather was speaking plainly about border security. Talking to an advanced placement civics class, Pittenger took 40 minutes of questions about the president, education, immigration and more. The Robesonian followed up on Tuesday with the Republican congressman and asked…

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Pittenger: Change The Rules. Here’s Some Cash. (Remember to vote.)

Conservatives have long had heartburn over the very existence of government departments of agriculture.  Far too often, those institutions have been little more than farm community vote-buying apparatuses. In recent years, the USDA has moved away from strictly funding farm-based projects to backing commercial development in rural areas.  Charlotte’s Robert Pittenger had a scary close reelection fight in 2016.  He’s clearly pulling out all the stops to try and avoid another one in 2018: U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger is optimistic that Robeson County will be able to pay for renovations to the former BB&T building on Chestnut Street with a…

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Guess what? Sen. Burr STILL meddling in GOP primaries.

He took some heat for his financial support of a slander campaign against Senator Thad Cochran’s 2014 conservative primary challenger in Mississippi.  He publicly sided with Thom Thilli$$$ in North Carolina’s 2014 US Senate primary — while nearly TWO handfuls of Republican candidates were in the race. In the June 2016 special congressional primaries, congressman Robert Pittenger was locked in a heated three-way primary challenge in a seriously redrawn district.  (Pittenger was also reportedly under scrutiny from the IRS and FBI for his private business dealings.)   Never mind the presence of two other viable GOP challengers. Senator Richard Burr was ready…

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Monkey Business Report: Trump Endorsements

The Donald got on the phone for Renee Ellmers in the 2nd district.  Now, it appears that at least Charlotte-area politicians want in on some of that action. But, there is a problem:  Charlotte Republican Robert Pittenger bungled questions around two high-profile endorsements Monday, one day before the Republican primary in the 9th Congressional District. Locked in an unpredictable race against Mark Harris and Todd Johnson, Pittenger claimed Donald Trump endorsed him when Trump might not have, and he said he was not claiming Mike Huckabee’s endorsement when in fact he was. First, Trump: Pittenger sent an email blast Monday…

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