#ncga: MeckGOP chairman doubles down on dissing Hager, floats trial balloon about state Senate run

I am baffled as to how Curtis Watkins still has his post with the party.  (But then again, Dallas Woodhouse is STILL employed by the NCGOP.)  If you haven’t been following the story, we’ve learned that MeckGOP chairman Watkins (a) is a bona-fide solar industry goon and (b) has been trying to recruit a primary challenger for Rep. Mike Hager (R), the House majority leader who represents nearby Rutherford County.

Since then, Hager has publicly fired back at Watkins — demanding an investigation of his activities.  And one member of the Mecklenburg County legislative delegation — senator Bob Rucho (R) — is calling for a local and state probe of Watkins.

Most people tend to understand that — when you find yourself in a deep hole — you stop digging.  But, oh no, NOT Curtis: 

[…] Rucho went on to say he can’t understand why Watkins would recruit candidates elsewhere when “there are districts in Mecklenburg County that go uncontested.”

With a week left in the filing period, Democrats in nine Mecklenburg legislative districts have no Republican opposition.curtis1-270x250

Watkins said while he didn’t try to recruit a Hager opponent, he wouldn’t mind seeing Hager replaced.

“I do believe there are better opportunities for representation in Raleigh,” he said. “I think he has the wrong vision for energy policy for North Carolina.”

Hager is arguably the most prominent opponent of the state’s renewable energy mandate. Watkins is founder of SparkTank Advisors, an energy consulting company. He said he has no clients in North Carolina.

As it happens, Watkins is considering running for the Senate seat that Rucho will leave. GOP Rep. Dan Bishop already has filed for the seat.

First, this drive-by left out a few key details.  Watkins is also a corporate officer and board member of a company called SolarWindow.  He also is executive director of billionaire Jay Faison’s group aiming to turn the GOP from “The Party of Reagan” to “The Party of Government Subsidies.”

Also, Hager AND Rucho both confirmed that Watkins was doing some recruiting.  Watkins, Rucho said, TOLD HIM SO.

On top of all that, we have an incumbent county party chairman (1) calling for the defeat of his party’s majority leader in the state House, (2) meddling in a primary in another county, and (3) planning his own run in a primary in his own county.   When is enough ENOUGH

7 thoughts on “#ncga: MeckGOP chairman doubles down on dissing Hager, floats trial balloon about state Senate run

  1. This despicable scoundrel wants to jack up our electric rates in order to line his pockets and those of a corrupt crony capitalist ”industry”. He abuses his office as Mecklenburg GOP chairman to promote a corrupt special interest. He needs to be kicked out.

    Maybe Rucho should reconsider his retirement. If this Watkins suckweasel ends up with the GOP nomination for a Senate seat, conservatives need to get one of their own on the ballot as an independent to stop him.

  2. Mr. Watkins has a profound conflict of interest given his penchant from living off of the Taxpayers supplementing his current venture. And one thing is certain, he will not recuse himself, if elected, from voting on matters than directly benefit his industry and company. Nothing like nursing at the public breast, even when one’s political philosophy is counter to the act. What a hypocrite.

  3. So after pissing off Rucho, this guy thinks he’s gonna run for his seat and succeed him? That’s like begging Rucho to intervene in the primary to support Bishop. Dumb move.

  4. These rich liberals who are milking the taxpayers and the electric ratepayers in the corrupt green energy scam need a comeupance. A good example of the rot among these people is liberal billionaire Elon Musk who has received almost $5 billion in federal taxpayer subsidies for his ”green” companies, and now his solar energy company is lurching toward bankruptcy as he desperately seeks yet more taxpayer money.


    The taxpayer spigot needs to be turned off to these self-seeking liberal conmen. We do NOT need them in either party office or public office where they will keep trying to put their thieving hands in our pockets.

  5. These days we progressives mostly depend on progressive Republicans to implement the progressive agenda. Mr. Watkins would clearly be an addition to the progressive ranks in the legislature which would help progressives implement the key policies of President Obama at the state level. In short, he would help us save the Polar Bears.

    Representative Hager, on the other hand, always opposes President Obama’s progressive agenda. He must really hate Polar Bears.

    As to getting rich off the progressive agenda, what is wrong with that? I have made hundreds of millions myself off of the global warming movement.

    1. Good riddance! Now, lets hope he does not try to infiltrate our legislative delegation by running for Rucho’s seat.

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