Aaaand the nominees ARE ….

The newly-minted Constitution Party of North Carolina held its nominating convention this weekend.  Joe Guarino, a friend of The Haymaker and the boss at The Triad Conservative, is the new party’s treasurer.  He has identified on his blog the TEN candidates who have received the party’s blessings to run under its banner in November thus far:

  • Tony Keech who will be running for County Sheriff in Beaufort County against Republican Ernie Coleman and Al J. Whitney, the Democrat;
  • Kevin Hayes who will be running for North Carolina House District 4 against Republican Jimmy Dixon in eastern North Carolina;
  • Mark Crowe who will be running for North Carolina House District 42 around Fayetteville against Democrat Marvin Lucas and Republican Daniel Travieso;
  • Allen Poindexter who will be running for North Carolina House District 90 around Mount Airy and Surry County against Republican Sarah Stevens and also Democrat John Wiles;
  • Stuart Collins who will be running for North Carolina Senate District 37 in Charlotte against Democrat Jeff Jackson and Republican Nora Trotman;
  • Sharon Hudson who was nominated to run for North Carolina Senate District 41 outside of Charlotte against Republican Jeff Tarte and Democrat Natasha Marcus;
  • Greg Holt who will be running for Craven County Commissioner District 1 against Tom Mark and Jeff O’Neill;
  • Jerry Jones who will be running for Greene County Commissioner District 3 against Natasha Sutton;
  • Peggy Lanier who will be running for Pender County Commissioner District 3 against George Brown; and
  • David Fallin who will be running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 7th congressional district around Wilmington and the eastern stretch of I-40 against Republican David Rouzer and Democrat Kyle Horton.

According to Guarino, candidates can still file for office with the Constitution Party through the end of June — IF they want to be on  the November ballot.  

My first thoughts?  I think it is smart that the party is starting small.  Get some people elected locally.  Then try to move up the political food chain.

Some of these candidates look  a little quixotic.  Some of the races could be interesting.

In Greene County, an incumbent county commissioner named Jerry Jones will be running in November under the Constitution Party ballot.

Take Tony Keech in the Beaufort County sheriff’s race.  According to media reports, Keech was separated from the sheriff’s department in 2011. County officials came after him with lawyers to collect an alleged debt to the tune of $5,300 and change.   Keech’s alleged debt?  $150.

Kevin Hayes is running against our *favorite* MEAN OLD MAN Jimmy Dixon in NC House District 4.   He was an unsuccessful Libertarian candidate against Dixon in 2012.

Greg Holt is a disenchanted former Republican seeking a Craven County board of commissioners seat.  He lost in the Republican primary  in May.  Craven County has a conservative streak that could offer some surprises in November.

Sharon Hudson, another friend of The Haymaker, is running for NC Senate District 4’s seat currently held by Jeff Tarte.  She ran unsuccessfully in 2014 as a Republican for Thom Tillis’s old House seat. Hudson is the former VP of the North Mecklenburg Republican Women and the co-chairman of the Tea Party group Lake Norman Conservatives.  She could make things a little more nerve-wracking for Tarte — who was already locked in a tight general race with a Democrat.  Tarte has really gotten under the skin of small-government fans in and around his district.  Hudson could give those unhappy folks somewhere to park their vote in May.  

David Fallin, running against congressman David Rouzer, lost a Pender County commissioner GOP primary race by THIRTY votes in May.  He will be on the ballot in November for the 7th congressional district’s general election.

23 thoughts on “Aaaand the nominees ARE ….

  1. I for one as a NC Republican hope Sharon Hudson WINS and WINS BIGLY and only wish I could cast my vote against Tarte

    also can we please hear more about Stuart Collins

    1. Patrick, thank you for your kind words. The big issue in Senate District 41 is the toll lanes that the NC GOP insists on building on I-77 in the Lake Norman area. Except during election season Senator Tarte has been tepid in his efforts to stop this project, indeed when one Senator was asked about the issue he said, “I thought Senator Tarte was for the toll lanes?” I believe constituents should not have to beg their elected officials to do what is in their best interest. Here is the latest on the failing efforts in the General Assembly to free us from this colossally bad contract. I am hoping they can reach an agreement by the end of this week.…/senate-house-cant-agree-on-toll…/

  2. It might be useful to know more about Mr. Keech’s side of the story with respect to the issues discussed in this post. The Beaufort Observer article describes a highly unusual set of circumstances with the county ultimately settling the case.

  3. All this does is solidifies Democrat victory in November. Shame on you for even promoting this.

    1. The Green Party is also on the ballot taking votes away from the Democrats. The Republicans are, for the most part, worthless these days. It is now a center-left party.

    2. Is the Republican party worth saving not when you have the VC of the state party making it clear that it is the Republican party and not the Conservative one. If the NCGOP was doing a good job then there would never have been a need for the Constitution party. No one wants to the Leftists to win but you have plenty of people with R’s after their name acting like Leftists Examples Tillis and Burr

      So there is NO SHAME in trying to do right and promote people that also want to fight for good moral values both socially and fiscally

    3. If you’re a regular visitor here for the last several years, you would know that Conservatives tried every possible approach to reform only to be stymied by the Chamber of Commerce stooges who run the NCGOP. Those who have hijacked the Party for their own selfish ends left conservatives no other choice. And frankly, you can thank the NCGOP House and Senate caucuses for promoting this, it was their doing, after all.

      1. Yea Toxhandler you are right and no one should forget that before the ousted chairman was even elected at the convention some legislators on the convention floor were already talking how they could move their caucus money out of the party and then when he won it was only a few short months later and they did just that as they helped to bring the party into turmoil so they could get someone in power that they wanted since they lost that fine Saturday with the Delegates overwhelming rejection of the NCGOP establishment candidate

        but people really do not like the truth and when debate was shut down at the hearing the sitting chairman was ousted with people in line to ask questions to clarify the facts the truth was not allowed to be heard

  4. Everyone to the right of center in NC needs to learn the Wild Rose lesson on third parties. As in the Wild Rose Party of the Canadian province of Alberta, named after the provincial flower.

    The Progressive Conservative Party had long dominated Alberta politics, but it had become too progressive and insufficiently conservative, so breakaway conservatives founded the Wild Rose Party to its right. It was slow going in its first elections, but it finally gained the traction to start winning legislative seats. In Alberta’s most recent provincial election, Wild Rose won more legislative seats than the Progressive Conservatives. The problem was, that by dividing the center-right vote between the parties allowed the socialist New Democrats to win an overall legislative majority for the first time ever.

    Fortunately, people in both parties recognized the problem and they have recently merged under the name Conservative Party (no “progressive” in the name any more), adopting a platform that was essentially that of the Wild Rose Party and choosing as a leader someone from the right wing of the old Progressive Conservatives who was respected by both parties. At the merger, not only did the Wild Rose Party have more legislators but it also had considerably more paid memberships from individuals than the Progressive Conservatives. A handful of progressive legislators left to become independents, but the bulk of the party is now united to take on the left in the next provincial election.

    North Carolina does not need to get to that point. We need to put forward solid conservatives now to lead our party structure and to lead our legislative caucuses. To help consolidate our party as conservative, we need to close our primaries so that liberals do not meddle in them.

    1. Is what happened in Canada what NC will have to go through to reign in the majority liberal Republicans in the state? If the Democrats are already in power, this journey may make more sense than when we’re the majority party. Or maybe not. The issue is liberal Republicans (or just Republicans) running the party. I’m not convinced that the Constitution Party with its 283 Twitter followers is the answer, and I’m as pissed off as most of you are.

      Does anyone know why the Constitution Party didn’t call itself the Conservative Party, since we’re hyperventilating over party names? Is the name already in use by another group? Would the Conservative Party name not be accurate?

  5. The Constitution Party is different than the GOP on several levels. It is more committed to liberty-related approaches in a broad sense; it is more committed to the social issues that concern social conservatives; it is less enthusiastic about foreign interventionism and war; and it is more committed to state sovereignty (i.e., federalism) and also national sovereignty. it is less enthusiastic about trade deals and various international agreements that mingle us with other countries. It is more committed to secure borders.

    Functionally, the GOP is much different than the Constitution Party. The fact is that the vast majority of Republican elected officials have not embraced this kind of agenda. The Constitution Party is more comparable to the liberty-infused Tea Parties– not the GOP itself. And calling us Conservative would be a misnomer, because we are much more committed to the Constitution itself than the vast majority of Republican “conservatives”.

  6. Since the Vice-Chairwoman of the NC GOP herself publicly declared that the NC Republican Party was not a conservative party, the obvious need for the Constitution Party was established. I predict that a few of their candidates will do fairly well in 2018 and 2020 could be a breakthrough year for the new party. Time will tell, but this is a growing movement from all that I’m hearing from my Republican friends who are supporting it.

    1. Davis said, “Since the Vice-Chairwoman of the NC GOP herself publicly declared that the NC Republican Party was not a conservative party…” That’s not what she said. Her comment was, “News Flash – the name of our Party is the REPUBLICAN Party, not the Conservative Party.” And the Republican Party is NOT the Conservative Party. That’s not hard to understand or complicated. Whether the Republican Party is conservative is a matter for debate. I really lose hope for the conservative movement when we are no better than the liberals making up things instead of reporting the truth and quoting accurately.

      1. The Republican Party should aways = The Conservative Party

        Her statement discounts this and encourages non conservtive groups to find a home in the party like LBGT republicans or Atheists Republicans both of these things go against the judeo christian ethic that America was found and the ethical morality that the Republican party used to fight for

        1. I can agree with your first sentence if you change it to read, “The Republican Party should always = a conservative party”. The rest of your post attributes intent to her that cannot, without a vivid imagination, be deduced from her comment regarding the NAME of the party. It is interesting that you think conservatives can prevail without Republicans who don’t meet your litmus tests. Unless you win elections, conservatism is just a pipe dream.

          1. I do like the idea of a litmus test…. Can we make this a thing…. We grade elected politicians on their votes seems like a good thing to also grade voters on their values

            See the thing is the values I held when checked the R box on my voter card are still the values I hold today. It is just in the last 20+ the world has gottena much worse confused place and it used to be a Republican meeting was a refuge from the world but not any more

      2. The platform sets the ideology of the party, and the platform of the NC Republican Party is solidly conservative. The problem is that we have some elected officials, including our legislative leaders, and some party officials who disrespect the platform. That needs to be corrected in primaries and in conventions. We need party officials and elected officials who represent the true views of our party, not self-seeking opportunists.

  7. I submit that…

    “Philosophical Republicans” speak Republican but do not legislate Republican principles.

    “Legislative Republicans” speak Republican and legislate Republican principles.

    Richard Carter Jr

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