#ncga: Just in time for the primaries. A new conservative player. (Likely to ruffle a few feathers. )

For decades, The North Carolina Congressional Club / National Congressional Club turned into the de facto Republican Party in this state.  It openly backed Republicans against other Republicans on the basis of who was more loyal to conservative principles.  They gave us Jesse Helms, John East, and Lauch Faircloth, among others.  

Well, the Club is gone.  Carter Wrenn is busy chilling with his pal Gary.  There is a void that needs filling.  And it appears someone is stepping forward to do it. 

The North Carolina Conservative Political Action Committee (NCCPAC) officially launched today.  The group appears to be following in the footsteps of “The Club’ as well as Heritage Action and Club For Growth.  Here is a little from their introductory release:

[…] A new political action committee has been formed to champion the conservative principles of prudent government spending, lower and fairer taxes, and respomillisnsible regulatory reform. The North Carolina Conservatives Political Action Committee (NCCPAC) will assist candidates who support those goals and overall conservative policies.

“While much good has been accomplished in the five years since Republicans took control of the General Assembly, there have also been some troubling trends,” said state Rep. Chris Millis, NCCPAC’s spokesman. “Our impressive gains over the last five years are at a real risk of being reversed as the tax and spend liberals are gaining increasingly more influence in both parties. We need courageous conservatives who will stand for individual freedom and economic opportunity.” […] 

We’ve been big fans of Chris Millis.  He has been a valiant warrior in the House. His involvement here will likely paint a huge bullseye on his back.  But, he’s a big boy.  He can handle it.  (And we’ve got his back, too. So, that should help.) 

The NCCPAC has already issued some endorsements for the March 15th primaries:


16 thoughts on “#ncga: Just in time for the primaries. A new conservative player. (Likely to ruffle a few feathers. )

  1. They ought to simply call themselves “The Real, Actual Republican Party of the NC House.”

    1. Justin Burr seems to have seen the light. He is a different kettle of fish these days from the times when another conservative site used to call him ”Little Prince Chucklehead”.

  2. Amazing y’all condone this but don’t condone anything NCGOP does that is similar. The irony is profuse.

    1. The NCGOP is supposed to be neutral in primaries, although under defacto chairman Dallas Woodhouse, it is putting its thumb on the scales in favor of incumbents, or at least some incumbents. I have not seen much love from them for Walter Jones, for example.

      This is an ideological PAC, which is intended to take sides in primaries based on the philosophy of the candidates. Much like the crony capitalists PAC’s of various sorts that back the big government Republicans in primaries. This new PAC will give conservatives some horsepower to fight back against the special interests and the RINOs.

  3. No need to give the NCGOP money when you can give your money to NCCPAC

    Sounds like a good plan

    Has anyone seen that the NCGOP wants $90 from the delegates to the state convention to attend the general/business session $90 is a great way to push the grassroots out and have less people involved in the party

  4. Great move! I am also interested in their State Senate primary endorsements. NC has needed something like this for years. SC has done it rather successfully with their chapter of the Club For Growth.

    This group needs to do some independent advertising in key races, and to raise the money to do that. Time is short.

  5. I don’t think the congressional club “gave” us Jessie Helms, I think it was the other way around. Helms was elected by a grass roots bi-partisan group of voters including Jessie-Crats or those down east conservative democrats.

    1. The NC Congressional Club, later called the National Congressional Club was organized after Senator Helms first victory, initially to pay off his campaign debt. The leader of the Congressional Club and the political brains behind it was Raleigh lawyer Tom Ellis, who had been Helms campaign chairman, and the brains behind the campaign in Jesse’s first election in 1972. Those who quarterbacked the 1972 Helms victory were the same people who later quarterbacked the Congressional Club, even though the Club itself did not exist yet during the 1972 campaign.

  6. I don’t see a B.O.D. on the site. Did I miss something did Chris create this? nice website.

  7. A well established conservative group which is the leading 2nd Amendment organization in NC, Grassroots North Carolina, has also released its endorsement list for the NC primary, based on candidate records and candidate questionaires on gun rights issues. For the NC House, their list is:

    NC6 – Beverly Boswell
    NC26- Dennis Nielsen
    NC28- Gregory Dail
    NC36- Mark Villee
    NC53- Chuck Levorse
    NC67- Justin Burr
    NC73- Dwight Shook
    NC77- Andrew Poston
    NC82- Larry Pittman
    NC87- Destin Hall
    NC91- Ira Tilley
    NC92- Tom Davis
    NC93- Jonathan Jordan
    NC95- David Thompson
    NC105- Scott Stone
    NC113- Cody Henson
    NC119- Mike Clampitt
    NC120- Eliot Southworth

    This list, and that of the new NCCPAC show who the grassroots are for, which contrasts with who the special interests are for.

    1. Here is the Grassroots North Carolina endorsement list for the NC Senate:

      NC11- Rick Horner
      NC31- Joyce Krawick
      NC33- Kathy Dunn
      NC35- Tommy Tucker
      NC36- Parrish Moffitt
      NC44- David Curtis
      NC45- Ken Boham
      NC48- Lisa Baldwin

      In other races, GRNC endorses:
      President – Ted Cruz
      US Senate – Greg Brannon
      Governor – Pat McCrory
      Attorney General – Buck Newton
      Agriculture Commissioner – Andy Stevens

  8. The proof is in the pudding, let’s check back on March 16th and measure success then. Remember where there is Chris Millis, there is Carolyn Justice pulling the strings…

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