NCGOP’s new secret weapon for 2020? (Um, Pat McCrory’s nephew.)
Dallas better watch his back. He’s got some competition in the never-ending race to embarrass the NCGOP.
And that new competitor is none other than young Patrick Sebastian — best known, and really ONLY known, for being former Governor Pat McCrory’s nephew.
Young Patrick is starting to get more and more airtime that you used to expect to see Dallas Woodhouse filling. And from what we’ve seen so far of Patrick’s on-air performances, our debates here at Haymaker HQ over just how many times Mr. Sebastian was dropped on his head as a child will only intensify.
Lately, young Patrick has been following around Democrat campaign pro Brad Crone like a puppy. The two are popping up together a lot. Every time you turn around, Patrick is giving Brad props on social media.
Now, I don’t know how often young Patrick is exposed to top-secret /classified / eyes-only campaign strategy and meetings and so forth, but it would make me uncomfortable as a Republican candidate or operative to have someone so starstruck with one of the Democrats’ top hired guns so in-the-know about what’s happening on OUR side. (*Monsieur Crone miiiiiiiiight go tell the Democrats what he learned from hanging with lil’ Pat. Just a thought.*)
I guess it was only appropriate to have this blooming, yet ghastly political “love” story show up on The Valentine’s Day edition of Tim Boyum’s “Capital Tonight” program. Tim had Brad and Patrick on to opine about the upcoming 2020 races.
At the risk of making young Patrick feel jealous and threatened, I too have considerable respect for Crone as a political pro. The guy is very plugged in and appears to read the tea leaves quite well. (Full disclosure: I did have to editorially smack him a few years back for his part in some dirty tricks in a Republican primary here in Moore County.) Even though he’s on the other side, he’s someone you need to pay attention to and take seriously.
Back to Boyum’s show. Tim asked about the US Senate race involving Thom Tillis. Crone mentioned the slew of Democrat fourth-tier also-rans already out there. He did add that state senator Jeff Jackson (D-Mecklenburg) is being wooed by DC Democrats. (I foresaw Jackson as a potential threat for a higher office quite a while back. Even though I can’t stand him, he has political qualities and talents that are too big for the North Carolina Senate.)
Things got fun when Boyum asked Sebastian about the GOP side. Here’s what our ‘Boy Wonder’ had to offer up:
“I think senator Tillis will be nearly impossible to beat in a Republican primary. There’s not much you can say about senator Tillis detrimental to Republican voters. What can you say? That he pushes through too many conservative judges?”[…]
Like Raleigh’s Tom Farr? Tilli$$$ came out with a weak op-ed on Farr after we’d spent a few weeks beating on him for nominating Farr, and then leaving him twisting in the wind for The Round Rev to beat on like a piñata. (Sources say The Round Rev was disappointed when no candy fell out of Farr.)
Farr still can’t get a floor vote in the GOP-controlled Senate.
MORE from Lil’ Pat:
[…]”That his constituent services are too responsive? That he votes with President Trump too much?”
Votes WITH TRUMP? Surely, he’s not talking about all Thom has done to defend amnesty for illegals and hamstring efforts to build a border wall. His blocking of Trump nominees. Or his basic instinct to JUMP when Mitch McConnell says JUMP?
Crone had a great comeback to Sebastian’s cracks about the “impossible” task of defeating Tili$ and mockery of the Democrat field thus far:
[…]”Back in 2008, the Republicans sure weren’t worried about that little state senator from Guilford — Kay Hagan — were they?”[…]
Conservative Review has regularly pegged Tilli$ with a conservative rating in the 35-37% range. (To the left of Burr, people.) Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina gets a 29% rating. Utah’s Mike Lee (R) is rated 98% while Nebraska’s Ben Sasse (R) is rated 91 percent. Rand Paul gets 90 percent, while Ted Cruz is at a surprising 82%.
Let’s take a look at ThomT’s political prowess. People HAAAAAAAAAAAATE the guy. And I’m just talking about his own party. (Notice how few people — if any — seek his endorsement in their own races?)
He won the crowded May 2014 primary with 45.7 percent of the vote. He barely slipped past the horridly incompetent Kay Hagan in November 2014 with 48.8 percent of the vote. (And that was thanks, pretty much, to a prevailing sentiment that “Hey, the witch from Greensboro has to go. We gotta play with the cards we’ve been dealt.”)
So, 54.3% of Republicans voted against him in May. A whopping 51% of ALL voters voted against him in November. Not exactly an imposing juggernaut.
Tilli$ has not seen 50 percent of the vote during his Senate career. It’s fair to say right now that 35-40% of the GOP primary electorate would vote for Satan if he filed against Tilli$. It’s probably about the same overall percentage when you add Democrats and unaffiliateds into a general election scenario. If you start off with 35-40% by simply filing, I wouldn’t quite describe it as an “impossible” task.
In January, polling showed Tilli$ with a 36% favorable rating. What ol’ Thom DOES have going for him are his innate instincts as a political whore. The guy will say or do anything for a dollar.
One of Thom’s former neighbors in Mecklenburg County once joked with me: “If you want Thom to come over to your House, just tape a $50 bill to the front door. He’ll be there in a flash. We’re talking light speed.”
Thom Tillis’s principles are determined by what the guy who puts the last check in his hands wants HANDLED.
Combine THAT “fundraising prowess” with the 33% of voters who DON’T KNOW HIM after four years in the Senate and eight years in the state House. All that special interest money he’s collected can be used to paint Tilli$ as the next Donald Trump or,um, *Bill Brawley* for the benefit of that low-info 33 percent.
Lil’ Patrick — for all his huff and guff about six more years of ThomT being inevitable and a foregone conclusion – sure took time to bash Garland Tucker, the Raleigh businessman reportedly eyeing a primary challenge to Tilli$:
“[..Tucker] had an op-ed where he said President Trump was his absolute last choice for president. I’m sure that will come back up.”
(That’s not exactly what Tucker said.) Thom was with Marco Rubio — just like all the rest of his establishment whore pals — until the very end. He and Miss Suzie followed Trump and Melania all over the convention in Cleveland like lovesick puppies trying to get noticed. Since that time, Tilli$ has worked overtime to screw President Trump’s efforts to secure the border and get the nation’s economic house in order.
We’re going to get bombarded with bull-crap for the next year as the DC establishment tries to convince us to sign up for six more years of Thom. (Kinda like those horrible cable TV people peppering you with mailers, emails, and phone calls touting “deals.”)
If you spend your time lying to and scamming people who think you’re here to “help,” karma often comes back to bite you like a pit-bull on a meter-reader’s leg.
Just keep in mind that people get divorced all the time. And fired. And indicted.
7 thoughts on “NCGOP’s new secret weapon for 2020? (Um, Pat McCrory’s nephew.)”
Patrick Sebastian is just totally clueless. He has the same lack of political savvy as his uncle that made McCrory a one term governor. Why do you think the liberal media puts him on as a token Republican?
He is particularly clueless on Tillis. Tillis’ vote this past week to gut ICE by itself should be enough for a real Republican to take Tillis out in a primary. Polls show illegal immigration to be the top issue for GOP voters and TIllis is downright awful on that, including his support for amnesty for illegal aliens. Heck, Tillis even brags about being a “RINO”.
Here is a good account of what this disgusting law that Tillis supported and voted for did to us:
That is in addition to 1700 pages handcuffing ICE on border security. This bill was a wet dream for the open borders crowd, which consisted of both Democrats and swamp Republicans.. Schumer and McConnell schemed together against Trump and the GOP base on this.
Tillis is absolutely unacceptable as a GOP nominee for anything in 2020. We need to get to work on kicking his worthless ass out in the primary.
After the shameless treatment Tillis gave Tom Farr, I don’t know a single Republican lawyer in the state that will vote for him. He should have stood up to the demagogue Tim Scott, but wouldn’t.
This guy has loser all over him. Not that Ellmers likely had a chance against George Holding when they got double-bunked, but her boy Sebastian couldn’t even make her competitive at a time when Holding started to have his own issues with the base. As for the prospect of Tucker versus Tillis, Tucker might be no better but as a county Chairman I recently talked to, put it, “I normally won’t bother to help a new bum take out an old bum but in this case, I might make an exception.” That says a lot about how Tillis is regarded.
The Great State of North Carolina deserves a lot better than Thom Tillis and Richard Burr. There are good men who could take out Tillis, but they need money to go up against the Chamber of Commerce, to whom Tillis is beholden. Please, seriously, we can defeat Tillis, but only if those who complain about him put their money where their mouth is and resolve to support a decent candidate who is willing to take Tillis on in a primary.
I will take the approach that Tillie gave me when it comes time to vote next year. I will give it consideration. Which means I can be bought. Truth of the matter is I’ll vote against him for free. As far as Patrick is concerned I have had the misfortune of working with him in a campaign for a brief time. I have taken a stance that any candidate who uses his services I will gladly vote against them. His big win last year was the Wake Forest Mayors’ race. He worked for the 16 year incumbent. She won with 56% of the vote. She is a registered Republican but has openly supported Democrats for Country Commission and State Legislature. That was pointed out to him.
Everyone should remember Patrick Sebastian ass the Man Friday of our CHARMING Congresswoman Renee Ellmers. Does anyone really need to know anything else?
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