Several candidates in our state were elected on the coattails of the Tea Party and patriot groups. This windfall support came at no cost to these candidates but we hoped that their “walk” would match their “talk”. As we found out this week, Renee Ellmers’ “walk” is not living up to her “talk” and the movement to replace her in 2012 has already started.
Another candidate who was elected as a Constitutional / Tea Party member of the state house was Glen Bradley. Not only did Mr. Bradley live up to his “talk”, his “walk” exceeded expectations. Unfortunately, Mr. Bradley’s support for the Constitution was not shared by the GOP leadership in Raleigh who did not allow even one of his ten bills to get a vote on the floor. In one case, the suppression was blatant as shown in this video:
Patriots have to understand that we need to continue supporting these candidates after the elections are over. Mr. Bradley’s legislation concerning jobs, 2nd amendment and farming rights were Constitutional bills that we should already have in place.
And then there is another GOP Tea Party candidate from Asheville who has been a continuing disappointment. Tim Moffitt’s behavior in the State House and his indifference to the people who helped get him elected should be an object lesson in the future that we have to be more careful when vetting candidates.
What is the next step? We have to show that Tea Party support will demand stricter vetting in 2012 and that there are consequences for misleading patriots in an effort to get elected. In 2012, elected officials will come to understand the term “Tea Partied in the Primaries”.
By Gordon Smith
Back in March, Rep. Tim Moffitt unilaterally decided to restrict Buncombe voter choice by carving our county into districts and limiting citizens to casting votes for three members of a newly expanded seven member County Commission. His bill passed the legislature on a party-line vote and could not be vetoed due to its “local bill” status. Mr. Moffitt called the idea “non-controversial” and pooh-poohed the outcry that erupted from across the political spectrum. Charlie Hume, Matt Mittan, the editorial board of the AC-T, and many more called for Moffitt to slow down and consult with the people. He refused.
However, a little while later, County Commissioner David Gantt commented, perhaps too publicly, that there might be a way to have a referendum after all. Indications were that the existing elected County Commissioners had an option of putting the question to the voters.
In order to stop the Commissioners’ maneuver and deny Buncombe the right to decide, Rep. Moffitt amended his original bill. The amendment was the last official action of this year’s legislative session in the NC House of Representatives. It came even after a motion to adjourn the session. It makes it illegal for Buncombe citizens to hold a binding referendum on the subject until the year 2020.
In an interview with John Boyle in today’s AC-T, Moffitt says, “I don’t know if ‘forcing the issue’ is the right terminology”.
Forcefully and autocratically overruling and invalidating the voices of your community? It’s well beyond forcing the issue, it’s a blow to the fundamentals of our democracy. Shame on Tim Moffitt, and shame on the Raleigh Republicans who passed it.
If you’d like to voice your feelings to the Representative: