Harnett GOP throws curveball in replacing David Lewis




He was chairman of the county board of commissioners.  He lost his March primary.  Why not send Howard Penny to Raleigh?


That’s what Harnett Republican leaders did the other night.   Long-time legislator David Lewis shocked the political world with a resignation / retirement announcement roughly three months before a general election where partisan control is very much in play.



County party chairman Maggie Sandrock and 23 year-old David Lewis staffer / fanboy David Capen were seen as the primary contenders for the appointment to the House.  Sandrock is an outspoken conservative while Lewis and his protégè Capen are very comfortable amidst the party establishment.


The Harnett County GOP is divided more by personality-based cliques than ideology.  Long-time county observers see Penny as very much a go-along, get-along guy.  More Jamie Boles and John Sauls.  Less Larry Pittman or Keith Kidwell.


The seat was thought to be safe Republican with Lewis as the nominee.  But it now has a huge question mark hanging over it.

5 thoughts on “Harnett GOP throws curveball in replacing David Lewis

      1. Yes, John. We got along quite well, with few exceptions, because we were both motivated by the desire to defend the people’s rights and uphold our Constitutions, rather than pander to special interests or seek our own personal advantage. You were more knowledgeable than I, and put that to good use for the good of our citizens, as I try to do. You were honest and straight-forward. That’s why I admired you and supported you for Speaker in 2015.

  1. Good ol’ Harnett GOP. They just keep on sending lap dogs to Raleigh and lap dancers to Washington,

  2. The NCGOP has become nothing more than a party of lapdogs. So what else is new? Most conservatives are fed up with their legislators and candidates.

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