#NCSEN: When is a draft NOT REALLY a draft?



We’ve been sold the idea that some folks out there in the grassroots have been clamoring for Charlotte preacher Mark Harris to jump into the 2014 GOP US Senate primary.  There’s a Facebook page out there called “I Support the Committee to Draft Mark Harris for US Senate 2014.”

McClatchy-Charlotte told us there’s a Draft Building for Rev. Mark Harris Senate Bid.”

McClatchy-Raleigh told us the Effort to Draft Mark Harris” is ” Beginning to Look Like a US Senate campaign.” 

On Twitter, there is an account called @Draft_Mark.

Harris’ campaign website address is draftmarkharris.com .

That word “draft” is all over the place.  But the conventional meaning of a political draft effort typically involves third parties rallying the grassroots to encourage some well-known figure to run for office.

Considering THAT — how does it square with what Harris said in that Wilson County Tea Party meeting?  I don’t know about you, but I didn’t hear anything that sounded remotely like a political draft effort.  Judging from what Harris said on the video, it sounds like was inspired by what he experienced during the campaign for the state’s marriage amendment.  Tony Perkins, according to the pastor, put the idea of running in his head.  Harris also reportedly sought counsel from several political figures like Tami Fitzgerald and Paul Newby. Where’s the draft effort?

It sounds like Mark Harris simply was inspired to get in the ring.  There’s nothing wrong with that.  It’s part of our American tradition.  But it is dishonest to portray this scenario as a draft effort.

I am sure we got the truth from Harris on that Wilson video. I have a feeling the “draft” spin was fabricated by the politicos latched on to the pastor.  But, here’s a bit of advice for those political spin-meisters: Embellishing and playing fast and loose with the truth will end up hurting your candidate’s reputation and his standing in his day job.

12 thoughts on “#NCSEN: When is a draft NOT REALLY a draft?

  1. I don’t see Harris getting into the race taking votes from the dr. or the speaker, I guess there is a faction that will vote for Harris because they think the baby Jesus told them to do so. But in the end it will be a runoff ‘tween the speaker and the doctor.

        1. You don’t think that sounds like a shot at Christians? Looks like there is quite a bit that can be said about Mr. Harris without dragging Jesus into it. That kind of snarky remark sounds like something a left winger would have to say. Just my opinion, but you did ask.

          1. Thanks Nancy. I doubt a “I hate gay people, and you should to” platform that the Reverend Doctor Harris will run on can beat Kay H.

  2. It is a repugnant comment and sounds like something a troll would say. No one in their right mind would say something like that thinking it would help their candidate of choice… that would seem to not be Mr. Harris. I know a lot of people in this state, does anyone know of Rick Barton? Never heard of you bro.

    1. Chuckie- lets get one thing straight- you and I aren’t brothers or “bros” as you refer to you and me. I think Harris is a fraud, as is Robin Hayes, and the reverend will be lucky to get 10% of the vote next May

  3. While that comment is quite over the top about Christians, I think there is a problem in politics with the johnny one-note single issue right to lifers. Too often, they are just ignornant on other issues and don’t seem to want to understand other issues, so they are unguided missiles on any issue other than right to life and you never know where they are going to come down. Skip Stam is prime example. Or Todd Akin’s love of earmarks which Tea Partiers and other economic conservatives despise.

  4. Wow…I saw that Draft facebook page about a month ago…it is bursting at the seems with 690 followers.

  5. Keep our eyes on the target: Kay Hagan.

    Remember the Ronald Reagan rule: Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican.

    Would any conservative prefer sending Kay Hagan back to the Senate rather than Brannon, Harris or Tillis?

      1. The thing that always gets missed when discussing the 11th commandment is that just because you have an (R) after your name doesn’t mean you are a Republican. Reagan left the Democrats and had he lived another 40 years and the GOP continued to drift to the left he may well have left the Republican Party. I think if Reagan was making the statement today it would be Thou shalt not speak ill of any real Republican.

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