N.C. House Rules Chairman David Lewis, a Republican from Dunn, announced Friday that he won’t seek another term as one of North Carolina’s two representatives to the Republican National Committee.
Lewis was first elected as an RNC Committeeman in 2008. State Republican leaders will vote on the position later this year.
“I have decided not run for re-election for National Committeeman because I have seen the great strides we have made as a state and rest confident in the path we remain on,” he said in a news release, adding that he’ll continue to serve in the state House.
Another House legislator, Rep. Mark Brody of Monroe, announced last month that he planned to run for the Committeeman job.
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“My 100 percent conservative rating from the American Conservative Union, based on my voting record in the N.C. General Assembly, proves I am a consistent conservative and someone who will stand on principle and this is what you can expect at the national level if I am elected Committeeman,” Brody said in a news release.
In January, the N.C. Republican Party’s Executive Committee voted down a petition to remove Lewis from his RNC role.
The petition to impeach Lewis stemmed from the legislature’s action last year to allow new fundraising committees run by legislative leaders. It was part of a feud between Tea Party activists and GOP elected leaders that has since grown into a battle over whether Chairman Hasan Harnett should continue to lead the party.