One reason that Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis is having a tough time in his race for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is the dismal and mean-spirited record he helped create as leader of the General Assembly’s lower chamber.
From voter suppression to a ridiculous (and thanks to the courts, irrelevant) anti-gay marriage amendment to the cuts in unemployment benefits to the state’s refusal to expand Medicaid rolls at no expense to North Carolina, Republicans in the House and the Senate have been an embarrassment to the state.
For state House seats in the Triangle, The News & Observer is recommending the replacement of sitting Republicans with Democrats. The Republicans have shown no compassion for the disadvantaged, no empathy for the unemployed and a callous disregard for public education.
Republican challenger Ray Martin, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve, is a nice fellow, but he has not mounted a convincing challenge to Hall.
Republican challenger Perry Whitlock is a gadfly who says the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center were a government conspiracy, one reason he doesn’t even have the endorsement of the county Republican Party.
Mountcastle’s opponent is Chris Malone, an incumbent Republican, who previously served without distinction on the Wake County school board.
Democrat Lisa Baker is the best choice. She has been active in her community for 30 years, serving in any number of voluntary roles, and she’s well-tuned on issues and would bring an enlightened compassion to the House, which it sorely needs.
Sadly, he’s unopposed for re-election.
Republican challenger Joe Thompson has had virtually an invisible campaign.
Incumbent Republican Marilyn Avila has been a dependable follower of the misguided leadership in the House, which is too bad because she has shown a willingness to at least listen to other points of view.
And Murry has a spectacular challenger in Democrat Gale Adcock, a nurse practitioner who is chief health officer at SAS Institute and a savvy public activist, having served on the Cary Town Council. She is the crystal clear choice here.
Republican Gary Pendleton, former Wake County commissioner and a businessman, has long been a hard-right conservative presence in the county. But he hasn’t brought any fresh or thoughtful ideas to this campaign.
Republican Rod Chaney is a minister who talks about “free market” education and tax cuts and the usual Republican party line.
Republican Dave Pratt Carter can’t make the case against Insko. It’s hard to imagine anyone could.