New map: A dilemma for ‘Public Official A’?

 

 

One milestone most people in politics TRY to avoid is getting mentioned in indictment documents — federal or otherwise.  In  his short career in DC,  congressman Mark Walker has already achieved JUST THAT.

 

Drive-by reports indicate that the new congressional maps definitely threaten the Capitol Hill careers of Walker and George Holding.  Let’s take a look:

 

 

 

 

Walker represents the Sixth District.  In the newly-approved map, he’s been stuck with ALL of Guilford County — Greensboro and his home base, and the adjacent greater Winston-Salem area of Forsyth County.  (Wow.  That’s serious tear-down-Confederate-statues  territory there.)

 

 

Why would the Republican majority on Jones Street do something like that to a fellow Republican?  Let’s think about this.  Walker is mentioned, under alias,  in the Robin Hayes-Eric Lindberg indictment currently being slugged out in federal court.  What’s described in the indictment does not make Walker look good at all.   If  the feds succeed in proving a bribery case there,  Walker very well could end up with a big-ol’ bulls-eye painted on his forehead.  This could be the NCGOP establishment’s way of getting Walker off the “stage” before things get really ugly and he becomes a serious liability for the party as it heads into an important election.

 

 

Kathy Manning,  a Hillary fan who ran against Ted Budd last time, is already making noise about spending MORE of her husband’s money in a run for Congress.  This time in the Sixth District currently held by Walker.

 

 

One way this could back-fire on the NCGOPe?  Walker HAD been making noise about jumping into the 2020  US Senate GOP primary race.    Already in that fray?  Incumbent Thom Tillis,  businessman Garland Tucker, and solar panel installer Sandy Smith.   If this map stands up to legal scrutiny,  he may take the leap.

 

 

Walker has done a good job of ticking off conservatives in his district.  He’s held meetings with Democrats in his district without bothering to call local Republicans.  Local conservative leaders regularly regale us with tales of being “misled” and “lied to” by Walker,  a  Baptist minister.  He’s stood with the party establishment in all kinds of conflicts with conservatives.   There’s a good chance he could draw some votes from Tillis if he gets in that mix.

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “New map: A dilemma for ‘Public Official A’?

  1. Republicans should have drawn more competitive seats instead of trying to make eight safe ones. 2020 is going to be a good year for NC Republicans, especially once Forest gets off his silly “Unity, Opportunity and Possibility” messaging.

    We should have been aggressive with the map. And there was no reason to overload the 5th and 12th. The 6th and 13th both should have swapped turf to make both competitive seats, and the First and Third could have been similarly realigned, and the 10th and the 12th for that matter. I’m not a fan of this map at all. It gives away two seats just to protect eight others. All incumbents should stand on their own merits. Make all the seats as close to the statewide average as possible, since I don’t believe we are no longer under any mandate to draw VRA districts anymore. No lawsuit will ever knock those districts down. Time for Republicans to be bold. It’s a new world out there. It’s War. Fight or Die.

  2. Once the NC GOP literally handed the Democrats the NC Supreme Court, it was all over. Every political consultant in the state knows that. It’s just a matter of time–2 years, 4 years at the most–before the GOP is pushed into permanent minority status in NC. During the time of their majority status, the GOP never figured out how to govern anyhow–so maybe it won’t look much different.

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