Who’s Running For North Carolina’s 3rd District Chair?

After everything that has gone on in that district over past six months – the question should be who  would want it?

I got a message yesterday saying that Chris Hardee, the ousted, then reinstated, discredited then reappointed former Chair of that congressional district is running again for that seat.

But, I’m also hearing his 1st Vice, Betsy Leech has thrown her hat into that cesspool of downeast Democratic politics—mostly, I’m told out of anticipation that Patsy Keever’s claims to the Executive Council who reinstated Hardee were true: that he wasn’t planning on running again—she intended to hire him as a district coordinator but wanted his name cleared.


Wouldn’t it be great that instead of the same suspects the third congressional district was able to elect someone completely different.  Someone with the guts and the political acumen to work for real Democrats and make a difference for the 750,000 people who live in eastern North Carolina.

The convention and election is May 16th – and I’m sure the same cast of characters will be on hand to sink the Democratic Party further into the electoral abyss.

2But, I’m told there are others running – Erik Anderson, who I’ve come to respect and admire.  He ran the closest race against incumbent Walter Jones in recent history—even at the expense of Chris Hardee.

He’s a tested and true Democratic leader and he would do eastern NC proud.

Another on the list – as an email implies is 2014 congressional candidate Marshall Adame.  Adame has 3made mention that he will be at the convention on May 16 and he will make a speech.  What that speech might be—I have no idea.  But, I bet it will be interesting. 

There is certainly no one on the face of this planet I admire any more than Marshall Adame.  He literally gave his life for this country as a Marine and diplomatic appointee. 

If I had a dollar for every person who has told me they now wish they had voted for Adame instead of Patsy Keever—I’d never have to work another day in my life.  But, sadly, that wasn’t the case—he fell short in his bid for NCDP Chair.

But, this story isn’t about Keever, the NCDP or her shortcoming –which are many as she flies back from San Francisco this weekend having gathered with  her fellow state Chairs.

It’s about 16.5% of eastern North Carolina living in poverty—it’s about the lack of jobs and wonderful teachers who need more pay to make ends meet.  It’s about Medicaid expansion and the lack thereof causing people to literally die.  Remember the closing of Pungo.

I’m not putting all of that on the NC 03 Chair.  But, we need an organizer who can bring and support good Democrats to the election cycle and help them win elections: NOT WORK BEHIND THEIR BACK AND AGAINST THEM.


About George Fisher

George is a freelance writer, an author and a Democratic political consultant. He has worked as Deputy Communications Director for a Senatorial campaign and Campaign Manager for several NC House races and one congressional race. He previously worked as a news producer for a local television station.
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