Today marks the two month anniversary of NCGOP chairman Robin Hayes being dragged kicking, screaming and crying in front of a federal judge and slapped with FIVE – count ’em — FIVE criminal counts for his alleged role in a plot to bribe state insurance commissioner Mike Causey.
And the crowd that runs the show at North Carolina Republican HQ doesn’t seem all that concerned. I’ve honestly heard some of them laugh it all off — claiming it will all blow over and go away. None of them are forcing Hayes to actually resign and GO AWAY. Oh, he’s made the questionable appointment of “acting chairman”, but the capo di tutti from Concord is still very much in the mix.
This coming weekend, state Republicans will meet — ironically, in all places, Hayes’s hometown of Concord — to pick a whole new leadership slate. Some of the candidates are business-as-usual: backed by the crowd that gave us Hayes and the avalanche of scandals and embarrasment. Some are planning to shake the party up and turn it into something that MEANS SOMETHING to average voters outside the Raleigh beltline.
Right now, the NCGOP is little more than a vehicle for laundering political shake-down proceeds. Those proceeds are funneled to favored consultants and incumbents. Folks who actually believe in, and fight for, the principles in the party platform are shut out.
Folks thinking they are financially backing a conservative revolution are actually contributing to an even bawdier, even sleazier #METOO scandal. Right now, you could shut that building on Hillsborough Street down and fire everyone “working” in it. And few would notice the difference.
Arms are being twisted , as we speak, by elected Republicans (and others on the “inside”) who benefit financially from business-as-usual at the state party. As a grassroots activist, you should be quite suspicious of candidates being lauded and promoted by Raleigh elected officials and other insiders. Those folks have been benefiting under Hayes and Woodhouse, and know the choices they’re promoting will keep taking care of them.
The insider crowd is already quite scared. Plans are already being formulated to move their shakedown proceeds away from party coffers if their preferred candidate does not win. Just like they did with Hasan. The parasites are also planning to install a powerful new executive director that will answer primarily to THEM — regardless of who wins this weekend’s election.
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John Lewis has been in the thick of the scandalous mess that has turned the party into a train-wreck. There will be no change for the better with him.
Nobody heard of Mike Whatley 30 days ago. He’s a lobbyist with some powerful, connected friends. (Sounds like a recipe for Hayes Scandal, Part Deux.) He’s lined politician pockets with cash. He was an advance man for the Trump campaign in 2016 — lining up porta-johns and risers for rallies in the Carolinas. But I don’t know anything of his effectiveness in raising money or leading efforts to get Republican folks to take Democrat-held seats.
It does concern me to see how many of the Raleigh parasites have latched on to him and are trying to sell him to the “little people” as some kind of asset that will make Mr. Trump at 1600 Penn smile.
Jim Womack has a record of accomplishment. He’s butted heads with a powerful Democrat machine — led by former Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker (D) — and come away victorious. He’s built up the GOP treasury in a Democrat county and snatched quite a few elected offices away from Wicker cronies.
The state GOP has been running in reverse since 2014. Wouldn’t it be nice to find a leader who could throw the bus into gear and move it forward?
This race is an all-ladies affair, but does offer some clear choices. Sara Reidy-Jones offers more of the same of what we’ve seen in Raleigh. She’s bosom buddies with Dallas. She was second-in-command during a disastrous 2018 showing in Mecklenburg County. Believe it or not, she’s bragging about taking what she’s learned there STATEWIDE. (Oh, Wayne Goodwin would looooooooove that.)
Somebody named Ann-Marie Yates is reportedly running. I don’t know a thing about her. But I do hear she’s a nice person. I hope she isn’t being used as a vote-splitter in case of a tight race.
I’ve had a chance to see Miriam Chu up close and personal. She’s been an effective communicator and grassroots organizer for both the local GOP and Tea Party organizations. Miriam appears to have respect across the political spectrum — from establishment types to Tea Partiers. Her business experience with marketing and project management should be a great aid in mollifying and warming up to outside-the-beltline folks who have grown accustomed to Hillsborough Street force-feeding them B.S., telling them they WILL like it, and to SHUT UP.
This weekend, you can go one of two routes. You can stick with who Ma Cotten, Zanstratosis, or your legislators tell you to roll with. And the party can continue to be useless and meaningless to everyone except those benefiting directly from the money-laundering operations. Or you can fight to return the GOP to the instrument of good it used to be.