Bad Day for the NCGOP

By Tyler Cralle, in Blog North Carolina Tyler Cralle on . Tagged width: , ,

Yesterday was not a good day for the NCGOP.  It started with a court ruling on the state Supreme Court race…

Democrat-turned-Republican Chris Anglin won his court fight to run on the GOP ticket for Supreme Court justice in the Nov. 6 general election.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Becky Holt issued her ruling Monday, Aug. 13, after a hearing on constitutional claims Anglin made in a lawsuit against Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, the N.C. Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, and Kim Strach, the board’s executive director.

GOP leaders have hinted at a possible appeal, but this seems like a bad idea.  The GOP got schooled in a game they literally made the rules for.  They are better off focusing their efforts to causes they still have a shot at winning.

The court ruling alone was bad enough, but the day was far from over.  Not long after the Superior court ruling, all the living ex-governors of the state held a presser denouncing 2 of the 6 constitutional amendments on the ballot this fall…

Reporters from across the state huddled behind antique desks in the former House chambers as former governors Pat McCrory, Bev Perdue, Mike Easley, Jim Hunt and Jim Martin stood shoulder-to-shoulder behind a podium. Republicans Martin and McCrory offered some of the sharpest criticisms of the amendments’ Republican authors.

“It’s not about partisan politics, it’s about power politics,” Martin said. “And it must be stopped.”

Legislators who want the governor’s powers should have “the courage” to run for governor, McCrory said, adding: ”Earn it. Don’t hijack our constitution.”

Final Thoughts: If you are Republican, yesterday is why God made hard liquor…



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