Republicans have three choices with which to replace “Elevator Queen” Cherie Berry, the reigning Labor Commissioner made famous by her photo included on EVERY elevator inspection certificate in the state, in the March primary. Chuck Stanley, former legislator Pearl Burris Floyd and current legislator Josh Dobson are the GOP combatants this year.
There’s already been some controversy in the campaign, with Dobson making the questionable claim that he’s been endorsed by Mark Meadows. (Though, with Meadows’s retirement, and the hubbub in the 11th district primary, I am not so sure that a Meadows endorsement holds the value it once did.)
Some of you may remember that Dobson was the ringleader — the chief sponsor — of legislation blocking treasurer Dale Folwell’s efforts to achieve transparency in health care costs. (Folwell was doing on a smaller scale what President Trump recently did on a larger scale with an executive order.)
Dobson first became a STAR in The Haymaker for his campaign reporting. He labeled some campaign spending as “International Travel for Legislative Business.” That struck us here at Haymaker HQ as ODD, since the General Assembly’s jurisdiction does not go beyond Murphy or Manteo. (Both of those ARE in the state of North Carolina AND United States of America. Hardly “International.”)
The McDowell News apparently saw our report on their jet-setting legislator and decided to ask him about it. Of course, ol’ Josh tried to pivot and transform the whole thing into an attack on us. Then he calmed down and started spilling his guts: