#NCGA’s Bob Steinburg: “[…]delusional at best or intentionally untrue at worst”

Yes, those were the words used by retiring senator Bill Cook (R-Beaufort) to describe the rantings of his GOP House colleague seeking to replace him in Raleigh:

[…] Cook defended his support of Twiddy, noting that Twiddy supported his past campaigns and was his pick for several state board appointments. “Clark Twiddy not only exemplifies the best qualities that are expected in a statesman – he additionally exemplifies the utmost ability, character and commitment to protect and defend the interest of the people of Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh,” Cook said in an email.

Steinburg, however, said he thinks Cook is backing Twiddy because Steinburg wouldn’t agree to hire the retiring senator’s legislative assistant. Cook rejected that claim, calling it “delusional at best or intentionally untrue at worst.”

“This misleading kind of statement is an example of why I don’t support Steinburg,” he said. “My LA would not work for him under any circumstance and he knows it.” […] 

Steinburg also had some criticism for Senate majority,leader Harry Brown, who is also backing Steinburg’s primary opponent Clark Twiddy:

[…] Seven prominent Republicans are backing Twiddy over Steinburg, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, Senate Rules Chairman Bill Rabon and Sen. Bill Cook of Pamlico County, whose retirement has created the open GOP-leaning seat in District 1. […] 

Steinburg said he thinks Brown’s support for Twiddy stems from a disagreement the two lawmakers had over renewable energy policy. Brown proposed a moratorium on wind energy development – something opposed by Steinburg, who has several wind projects in his district. Brown did not respond to requests for comment. Steinburg said he doesn’t think Senate GOP leaders should be getting involved in primaries outside their districts, but “I don’t think at the end of the day it’s going to make a hill of beans’ worth of difference in the primary.”[…]