Democrat Dan McCready announces that he’s running for Congress again in the NC-09 special election.
“Our right to vote is our most sacred freedom as Americans … I am running in the special election to represent the people of the 9th District.” Via ABC pic.twitter.com/CzkSuT04Ym
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 22, 2019
Great news! Thanks to your efforts, @McCreadyForNC blasted through 50K followers — a day ahead of schedule! If you haven’t followed Dan yet, please do so now. And if you have some money to spare, please donate to his campaign and help the Democrats pick up another House seat!
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) February 24, 2019
Per the local Charlotte Observer:
The new campaign in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District kicked off Friday with a rally by Democrat Dan McCready, hints from several would-be GOP candidates and silence from Republican Mark Harris.
The flurry of action came a day after the North Carolina State Board of Elections ordered a new election following a hearing that detailed election fraud in Bladen County.
It made its decision after Harris stunned the hearing with his own call for a new election, after insisting for weeks that he won the vote last fall and should be certified…
The primary campaign would be relatively short. Though no schedule has been set, elections officials said one scenario would be for a May primary, a June runoff if needed and an October general election. The same officials have proposed a May 14 primary in the 3rd District, vacant since the death of Republican U.S. Rep. Walter Jones…
Former Mecklenburg County commissioner Matthew Ridenhour, a Charlotte Republican who lost his seat in November, said he’s received texts and emails since Thursday urging him to run. He expects to decide within a few days. And Republican legislators could run for Congress in a special election without fear of losing their seats, which are not up until 2020.
Despite McCready’s headstart, the 9th District still leans Republican. No Democrat has represented it for decades and President Donald Trump carried the district by 11 points. But some Republicans said the election fraud and Harris’ ties to Dowless have hurt the party’s label in the 9th.
“We have some work to do to repair our brand, and I’m not sure the current folks in leadership know exactly how to do that,” said Shaheen. “In my opinion party leadership in Raleigh made a fatal mistake by jumping out in front and being so supportive when they didn’t have the whole story.”…
Between the messy failure of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity and the new State Court ruling on ‘racial gerrymandering’, it seems the GOP party leadership had a pretty good outline of the whole story — and since their guys were using those stolen votes to ‘win’ elections, they were just fine with that!
“You caught me cheating so let’s have a do-over” isn’t really the way this is supposed to work. Harris should withdraw himself entirely. https://t.co/nCAWsulqsx
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) February 21, 2019
In three days I’ve gone from thinking that Mark Harris should have known better to thinking there’s reason to believe he may have been actively directing the vote-buying scheme. https://t.co/gNFwtWxcMf
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 21, 2019
And too many of the Media Village Idiots are treating the whole shameless theft as some kind of quaint Suthron folk saga — practically Absalom, Absalom!, but with fewer run-on sentences. The Washington Post, which should know better:
… It was a heart-wrenching drama between an evangelical minister, who badly wanted to serve in Congress, and his lawyer son, who came forward with evidence that contradicted his father’s testimony.
Republicans and Democrats agreed that something went right compared with how partisan conflict often plays out in the country’s hyper-polarized political environment…
The hearing had taken a dramatic turn the previous day, when Harris’s 29-year-old son John, an assistant U.S. attorney in Raleigh, took the stand and described conversations and emails with his father in 2017 in which he warned the elder Harris against hiring Dowless. John Harris believed Dowless had broken the law in a previous election.
Harris parried confidently about his son’s testimony, explaining that he hadn’t taken the advice seriously. “My son was still my son — 27 years old,” he said.
What Harris did not say is that he had told another son, Matthew, on the eve of John’s testimony that he did not think his emails with John would come up in the hearing. He did not know that John Harris had already turned over the emails. More important, it was a sign that his campaign may not have fully complied with the state board’s subpoena for documents and communications related to Dowless…
Harris faced potential legal jeopardy and a brutal cross-examination from Elias, a prominent and aggressive Democratic lawyer from Washington. The board’s lawyers asked Elias whether he would let Harris go if Harris also agreed to say that a new election was warranted.
Freedman mentioned Harris’s health problems — he was still recovering from a serious infection that had led to sepsis and two strokes. Freedman added that Harris’s medications had affected his memory on the stand…
Republican politicians have for years railed against the threat of voter fraud in the U.S.
But when a North Carolina election was overturned this week because of election fraud by a Republican political operative, the GOP was largely muted in its responsehttps://t.co/jMqft7w9uS
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 23, 2019
The US Attorney in NC’s Eastern District was tipped off about the absentee ballot fraud scheme in #NC09 in 2017. He’s focused instead on rooting out extremely rare, usually mistaken instances of non-citizen voting. My story on Bobby Higdon: https://t.co/RVKFU4l1i8
— Allegra Kirkland (@allegrakirkland) February 22, 2019