It’s amazing what a wire-thin primary win and the prospect of a tough general will do to a politician. Here’s Charlie “Big Boy” Jeter — the most liberal member of the House Republican Caucus — beseeching his colleagues via email today:
From: Rep. Charles Jeter
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2016 4:37 PM
Subject: HB 954 Jeter
I’d like to get as many co-sponsors as possible and would appreciate your support.
Please note that Rep. Cotham rushed in today to file the same bill prior to my filing (a decision by her that I am not happy about), I’d ask you to make sure that should you decided to co-sponsor the bill, you do mine HB 954 and not hers.
Rep. Charles Jeter
Republican Conference Chair
District 92 (Mecklenburg)email@example.com
NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 2226
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096
That’s Tricia “Christmas is in November” Cotham, y’all. It’s a shame to see two Twitter buddies fall out like this.
I hope all of you caucus folks will think long and hard about Charlie, his liberal voting record, and his penchant for taking a walk when tough votes come around before you lift even one finger to help him.
You’ve got a supermajority. Losing a Republican who votes to the left of William Brisson (D-Bladen) won’t evoke too much heartache.