I had an interesting talk today with an individual who is (1) a well-known name in North Carolina Republican circles and (2) a battle-tested veteran of decades of political combat:
“Pat McCrory is looking very good right now. It looks like he is going to be our next governor. It looks like we are going to keep our majorities in the legislature. The battlefield is really on the council of state races. That is where a lot of the big decisions on policy and expenditures happen. If Pat wants to be successful as governor, he is going to need all the help he can get. A Republican majority on the council of state would be a big help to a Governor McCrory. But Pat and his team are running around the state sucking up all of the money.
We’ve got a great Republican ticket running for the council of state seats. They are all polling well against their Democrat opponents. Unfortunately, they are short on funds and name ID. Pat, with all of his money and name ID, could be a BIG help toward pushing these folks over the finish line and into the victory circle on election day. But Pat’s team, and the folks at state party headquarters, are not doing a thing about it. They are leaving these council of state candidates hanging out to dry.”
Recent news reports show that McCrory and the state party have outraised Democrat Walter Dalton and the state Democrat Party by FIVE TO ONE. My source tells me that the GOP candidates for lieutenant governor, treasurer, auditor, secretary of state, labor commissioner, insurance commissioner and agriculture commissioner have been meeting to try and form an alliance to pool their resources and help each other to victory in November:
“This is so hard to understand. Why are these council of state candidates struggling for resources when the party is out-raising the Democrats by such a great margin? People give money to the state party believing that it will be used to build the Republican Party in this state and get as many Republicans as possible elected. Unfortunately, most of that money goes toward the grossly-inflated salaries of a small clique of consultants and politicos within the state party organization. We’ve got a great political climate for the GOP this year. It would be a shame to come up short in some of these races because we’ve got some selfish, greedy people holding the purse strings at state party headquarters.”
My source wanted me to encourage readers to avoid giving money directly to the state Republican Party. My source says people interested in actually getting Republicans elected to major offices in the state should donate DIRECTLY to individual campaigns.