The Raleigh Cartel strikes back!

In March 2016, the GOPe troglodytes seeking to oust duly-elected NCGOP chairman Hasan Harnett needed the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ in order to perpetrate the coup de grace.  They found their MOAB courtesy of The North State Journal.     Thanks to these so-called “journalists,” gossip and rumors became acceptable public discussion. 

For those of you who don’t watch Marc Rotterman’s UNC-TV program or listen to “The Chad Adams Show” on the radio,  The North State Journal is a newspaper started by big-time supporters of then-governor Pat McCrory to supposedly provide a healthy alternative to the state’s crap-infested driveby media.  They had plans to start home delivery and act like a real newspaper — right smack in the middle of the Internet Age.  (Some would describe this as a stupid waste of money.)

Well, McCrory didn’t make it to a second term.  Some of the paper’s backers left.  But the remnants of the paper’s staff swore they would press on with some real, honest-to-god journalism.

Just as they were in 2016, The North State Journal is standing ready to do the bidding of Dallas Woodhouse and the clique at NCGOP HQ: 

The election for leadership at the N.C. Republican Party is getting heated as Lee County GOP Chairman Jim Womack campaigns to oust current state Chairman Robin Hayes at the party’s state convention in June. Hayes was appointed chairman last year by party leadership after then-chairman Hasan Harnett was removed amid allegations that he improperly accessed party documents, violated organizational rules and failed to raise the funds needed to adequately finance the party’s operations.

Never mind that good ol’ fashioned research — what is supposedly a key part of journalism — shows that Hayes has historically been one of the weakest fundraisers for the NCGOP.  (Even the party under Harnett outperformed him.)  MORE: 

[…] One of Harnett’s biggest cheerleaders, the newly elected party head in Lee County, Womack now says he wants to take the reins of the N.C. GOP, challenging Hayes.

His announcement brings to the forefront a difficult time of intra-party division and squabbles, a time that party activists hoped was long over and buried.

And why were there “division” and “squabbles”?  The ruling cartel was frustrated that Harnett beat their candidate in the chairman’s race.  They decided to reverse the results of the chairman’s race ON THEIR OWN with vicious, slanderous gossip and leaks to, um, “friends” in the press.  MORE: 

[…] Womack defended Harnett at the April executive committee meeting when the former chairman was accused of hacking into the party’s website to change the prices of the 2016 convention without authorization. Harnett did not appear at the meeting in his own defense, but authorized Womack to speak for him.

Despite Womack’s effort, more than two-thirds of the committee voted to oust Harnett and replace him with former Congressman Hayes, prompting Womack to call for Hayes’s removal.

Never mind that the coup plotters purposely called the meeting at a time they knew Harnett would be out of state on business.   Never mind that the plotters rejiggered the rules to meet their immediate needs.  (*Gotta make sure they dictate exactly what Dallas told them to say.*)  MORE: 

Womack was quoted by a local TV station as saying “It was a kangaroo court that removed our chairman,”

Print media also reported at the time that Womack angrily said that “Helen Keller could lead this party better than Robin Hayes.”

Womack surprised many when he attended the 2016 party convention, drawing attention and cameras by donning a paper bag over his head in protest.

“We were being suppressed at the convention,” Womack told the Raleigh Republican Club when asked about his behavior at the 2016 convention. “I believe in… making my voice heard, and there were several of us that had paper bags and put them over our heads in a show of defiance…. It was just our way of showing disaffection with the party in a constructive way.”

Current 13th District Chair Zak Crotts, who also served as the party’s assistant treasurer, said the N.C. GOP’s finances have improved dramatically since Hayes took over. Crotts was originally a Harnett supporter, but said the turmoil, breaking of party rules, and lack of fundraising had to be addressed before the critical 2016 elections.

Dear sweet Zak neglects to mention Dallas repeatedly locking Harnett out of the office AND his computer AND the party website.  Again, fundraising under Harnett was actually better than it was during Hayes’s previous tenure as chairman.  MORE: 

“The removal of the chairman was a difficult time for us, said Crotts “ But as we were coming together and electing delegates to nominate our next president, I was shocked to see Womack with a bag on his head. How ironic that the man who did not want to show his face with his fellow Republicans just one year ago, now wants to be the face of the North Carolina Republican Party.”

Crotts says the parties finances improved dramatically after Hayes was selected and gave the party “a fighting chance in the elections.”[…]

THAT MIGHT have had something to do with the fact that House Republican caucus leaders yanked their money out of party accounts shortly after Harnett was elected, but then put it back in after Harnett was deposed.  Taking money away, and then putting it BACK will DEFINITELY “improve” party finances.  MORE: 

The battle over leadership of the state party comes just months after Republicans worked for victories in November elections, sending the state’s electoral votes to President Donald Trump, re-electing Sen. Richard Burr and flipping three Council of State seats. The loss of the executive mansion to Democrat Roy Cooper by less than two-tenths of a percentage point stung, but overall state Republicans say 2016 was a success.

What about the loss of the Supreme Court AND an AG race that looked real good for a GOP win?  What about Womack’s leadership in rejuvenating a near-dead local GOP in his home county?  What about the party paying for Hayes’s private plane? 

Now Republicans from across the state will converge on Wilmington from June 2-4 to tap the leader who will raise funds and develop the strategy for taking on the 2018 mid-term elections.

There you have it.  The IN-HOUSE PROPAGANDA ORGAN FOR THE RALEIGH CARTEL.  (At its slimiest.)