NC-09: Shut up. Lay back. And Enjoy it. (BOHICA)

pittengerThat appears to have been the predominant theme from this weekend’s Mecklenburg GOP hootenanny.  The powers-that-be pushed through a measure banning any kind of resolutions dealing with issues. Why, you ask?  Thom Tillis crony and state representative Bill Brawley offered up a clue:

[…] For example, under the proposed rules, the MeckGOP couldn’t pass a resolution condemning the culture of corruption witnessed with former Mayor Patrick Cannon this week.

Speaking in opposition to Love’s proposed amendment was State Representative Bill Brawley who suggested he didn’t like receiving conflicting resolutions from various County GOPs. He thought it more prudent for all of the GOP to have a single voice and only work through the State Party.[…]

download (60)Hmmm.  I bet Vladimir Putin has issued similar edicts. 

The real fun of the night occurred out in one of the hallways.  Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) was confronted by his Tea Party-affiliated primary opponent Mike Steinberg:


Mike Steinberg, Pittenger’s opponent in the May 6 9th District primary, had criticized the congressman for voting to end last fall’s government shutdown. Pittenger was one of 87 Republicans voting with House GOP leaders and most Democrats to end the shutdown, despite the fact that meant continued funding for the Affordable Care Act.

In a hallway outside, a reporter asked Pittenger to respond. He was defending his conservative credentials when Steinberg came up.

“You voted for Obamacare,” Steinberg said.

“I voted to end a senseless gimmick,” Pittenger replied.

“You voted for Obamacare, just say it,” Steinberg said.

“I voted to end a senseless shutdown of the federal government,” Pittenger shot back.

The argument continued. At one point, Steinberg asked Pittenger whether he would debate him in public.

“You seek to distort the facts; that’s the game you play,” Pittenger said as he walked away.

Earlier, Pittenger told delegates he had voted to change or defund Obamacare 20 times.

“Steinberg and other Republicans should focus on defeating (Sen.) Kay Hagan and winning the Senate,” Pittenger said in a subsequent email. “Then we have opportunity for policy change. It was the right cause but ill-fated and poor strategy from the beginning.”[…]

Gotta love that logic.  Anybody remember the House Democrats (1980-86) going along with the GOP senate and GOP White House? So, we throw out the whole limited government thing because Harry Reid won’t play nice? 

Oh, by the way.  HERE is what Pittenger actually said. 

QUESTION: “Here’s what the Tea Party wants to know… Are you going to vote with [Sen. Mike]  Mike Lee — and Meadows here to defund ObamaCare? Yes, or No?” […]

Pittenger:  NO.

Nothing about a “senseless gimmick” there.

Also, a Pittenger aide took to Facebook to ridicule Senator Ted Cruz for his defund efforts.  (No indication out there that the aide has been reprimanded or fired.)

Pittenger and his GOP colleagues have their chairman’s gavels and their majority status because they told the voters they would fight ObamaCare tooth-and-nail.  And the voters believed them.