Here’s the official word from NCGOP’s — apparently NEW — lawyer Josh Howard:
“Early this morning, the North Carolina Republican Party was made aware of several indictments surrounding the conduct of a major donor to both major political parties and two of his associates. The Party has been cooperating with the investigation for several months, including staff members providing statements and responding to various document requests. The Party, which has its day to day operations managed by professional staff under the direction of the NCGOP Central Committee, remains fully operational and focused on its mission at hand.”
You learned about indictments surrounding the conduct of a major donor to both major political parties and two of his associates? (NOBODY TOLD YOU ABOUT YOUR CHAIRMAN GETTING INDICTED ?????)
Also, it’s interesting that the state party put out a release Monday claiming Robin Hayes would hang around until after the state convention, but then leave office “due to complications from hip surgery.” Nobody knew that Hayes had a court date the next day in Charlotte? (Nobody?)
Did Hayes mislead party staff and leaders about what was happening in the near future? Or did party staff and leaders purposely choose to mislead Republican activists and the people of North Carolina about what was coming? (It’s pretty tough to keep a federal indictment and first court appearance for a celebrity QUIET.)
Why should anyone have any confidence in what’s left up there? There is no vice-chairman. The chairman is indicted. The same central committee that has been tolerating and dismissing Robin and Dallas’s antics for years is still sitting there.
You want to instill some confidence? Get started with a clean sweep. Get the indicted one out of office and out of there as quick as possible. Bring in new blood that hasn’t been tainted with the stink of Raleigh or DC politics yet.