When Kay Hagan distanced herself from President Obama, I believe she was trying to send a message that she was her own person, in that she put North Carolina first and above the swings of the political pendulum.
Unfortunately, her message, the tone as well as some of her actions sent a signal that she was backing away from, not only the first African American president, but the Democratic ideology that got him elected in 2008 and 2012.
Let’s not forget that our President won 2012 by a landslide. His message, his commitment to hope and ideological change still echoes today, but it was not addressed by many Democrats in this election cycle. So, what happened? They lost.
Hagan fell away from the President because her team saw his poll numbers drop. However, her team didn’t stop to consider that his (Obama) numbers were always higher than Hagan’s numbers.
By breaking away from NCDP, she, in essence, broke away from her base and the AA community that had tirelessly worked to get her elected in 2008.
North Carolina is at a crossroad and North Carolina Democrats are at a bigger crossroad.
As the SEC begins the decision making process of deciding who should be the next Chair of the Democratic party, they should not consider any person who has broken away from President Obama.
Hagan tried that and North Carolina suffered the consequences. Sadly, our citizens will now have to endure two more years of a Draconian GOP, pushing their ultra right-wing agenda.
Please read Willie Fleming’s letter and then reread it. It’s that important.
During this election cycle, the African-American Caucus of the North Carolina Democratic party has reached new heights, letting us know we must do even more to help push this state’s African-Americans and their elected officials to go further.
The coalition of African-American leaders that fused to put Deputy Commissioner Keischa Lovelace on the AAC-NCDP ballot for the North Carolina Court of Appeals, led to a wonderful young jurist doctor finishing third in a field of 19, which included several other strong candidates like Lori Christian. While the NCDP voted to back John Arrowwood, the AAC-NCDP showed it could push a candidate to the top.
In the few weeks following her endorsement, the ACC-NCDP and its allies were able to help Lovelace gain almost 225,000 votes in the election and she was the top Democratic-supported candidate in 28 counties – including 26 east of Interstate I-95.
Despite the loss, the Caucus believes Deputy Commissioner Lovelace has a shinning future and will continue to support her in the future. Dr. Lovelace came to the AAC-NCDP, knowing its ability to touch North Carolina’s communities.
Senator Kay Hagan did not, losing her race against Speaker Thom Tillis, who will now take his painfully reactionary policies to Washington, D.C. infecting the rest of the nation and possibly beyond. The AAC-NCDP showed its strength reaching out to the black community to vote for Sen. Hagan, despite having extremely limited resources and almost no help from the Campaign.
Sen. Hagan lost a tight race, the most expensive state race in United States history, because she needed about 50,000 votes. We wished we could have done more with the limited resources we had and the mighty war chest the Hagan Campaign possessed. Unfortunately, the Senator lost eight AAC-NCDP counties she won in 2008 when she stood with now President Obama.
Even so, through the efforts of NCDP, DNC and AAC-NCDP, robocalls from the President being introduced by Caucus members mitigated the Senator’s loss by turning out African-American voters unmoved by the Hagan Campaign.
As the AAC-NCDP and its allies move forward, please remember that our votes matter. But improving the lives of North Carolina’s African-American population and engaging black issues is the price for those hard-fought-for votes.
African-American Caucus of the North Carolina Democratic Party