NC-09: #ncga’s sen. Ralph Hise joins the stupidity
If IFs and BUTs were candy and nuts, OH what a party we’d have.
Here’s a statement from Senator Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell), the senate’s elections guru and counterpart to Rep. David Lewis:
The GOP “evidence” for calling for a (1) new primary and (2) new election in the Ninth Congressional District is FREAKIN’ New York Times reporting !!!!!!!
Let’s count how many times “alleged” and “if” are used in the above statement.
The primary election has been certified. It flies in the face of state law — the constitution — to throw out the primary and have another one.
No investigations have been completed. No findings have been announced. No indictments have been announced. No charges have been filed. This ALL could turn out to be a big nothing-burger that couldn’t even be prosecuted in The People’s Court. And look at all the turmoil the people of the Ninth and the state of North Carolina have been put through.
Bigger problems than Bladen’s were found in neighboring Columbus County. Yet, their congressional race got certified. The GOP’s victory margin there was too big. But the Ninth was close enough to invite the kind of post-election political mischief we are seeing now.
Let’s say you have a new primary and election. WHAT is the plan to prevent the same stuff (or worse) happening in the new round of voting? And you know it happens in other districts, as well. (Ever been in a predominantly black political precinct / district just prior to an election?)
The right thing to do is wait until someone comes up with evidence that warrants indictments and criminal charges. Until that happens, the people’s wishes — declared on election day — need to be implemented.
The way Raleigh insiders are proceeding smacks of authoritarian, totalitarian heavy-handedness that disrespects the people back home. It’s egos and partisan motives run amok.
Look at the Frank Ballance precedent. He got busted while in office. He resigned for “health” reasons in June 2004, got indicted in September, and was replaced in office by GK Butterfield after a special election.
Have an honest probe. Respect the rule of law. If ballot-harvesting IS a problem — and is illegal — let’s find out how it became such a business-as-usual accepted practice over several decades in that part of North Carolina. (Believe it or not, McRae Dowless did not invent the practice. Nor has he been alone in doing it.)
If Mark Harris is clearly implicated in some kind of criminal misconduct, he can be dealt with like Ballance was. In the meantime, honor the constitution and the law and the wishes of the people of the Ninth District. Seat Mark Harris so he can begin representing his constituents’ interests.
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Well as long was we are looking back let’s try a redo of 2016 – Protests were head at the State Board level about fraud in Bladen and Pasquotank counties and ignored. Not to mention the State Elections Board employee who was supposedly “fired” for traveling around the state and telling people to vote other people’s absentee ballots! Funny thing about that firing – the day after Cooper took office she had a new job with a raise in NC State Government.
Great point! Cooper’s campaign was engaged in the very same type of ballot harvesting operations in the same part of the state, and he had a razor thin margin of victory. There needs to be a redo on the 2016 governor’s race if there is one of the 2018 Congressional race. Why is NCGOP not pointing things like this out? Is it total incompetence or do they have another objective here? Where is the Central Committee? Why are they not asking some pointed questions about the behavior of Robin Hayes and Dallas Woodhouse?
“The Deep State,” in whatever form or structure it occupies obviously calls shots in both political parties. “One World” government has already hit the two major political parties.
That, and the fact that Robin and Dallas are also getting direction form somewhere beside the NC “average Joe” Republicans keeps me unaffiliated.
Ralph Hise talks a conservative game and sometimes votes one. If memory serves, he was one of those who voted against repeal of HB2, for example. However, he is fundamentally Berger’s poodle. If Berger says jump, Hise will ask “how high?” There is little doubt in my mind that the idea for this press release came from Berger, and was even likely written by Berger’s staff.
Hise should reflect on the election disasters that have come from Berger and his staff, in junction with Tim Moore and his cronies, like the loss of our Supreme Court majority by establishing election methods that undercut our candidates. He needs to stop being Berger’s yes-man and start thinking for himself using his conservative principles. Berger has stopped being a conservative.
If the GOP Establishment tries to derail Mark Harris, he should just run for Congress on the Constitution Party ticket. Don’t even worry about a primary with some RINO.
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