Tata’s out of the DOT – so what’s the deal? Jones, Trump, Ellmers and Taylor Griffin

tony tata for NC DOT head with Gov. Pat McCrory

Photo courtesy of NC Policy Watch

The NC 03?

Currently held by the long time and old Republican Walter Jones.  He’s unliked by both the RNC and the DNC.  He votes like a schizophrenic terrier – you never know where he’ll land on an issue.

Jones’ challenger in the Primary will be Taylor Griffin.  Griffin came within inches of unseating Jones in the Primary in 2014.  Griffin announced a few weeks ago and I wish him luck and support. He has an impressive political resume having interned for Jesse Helms and working at the Treasury Department with an emphasis on international monetary policy.  

Tata made some moves and actually thought about running in the NC 03.  I doubt that will happen now that Griffin has thrown his hat into the ring.  But, Tata has a big ego – so, you never know what he may do.

Speaking of Tata’s ego – he’s going to work for Donald Trump as a policy consultant.  No doubt Trump needs a retired general as he tries to back away from his McCain blunder.

But, Tata will not be his man for long.  The two together are too bullheaded and Donald is going to say what he wants the way he wants to say it.

It might would be more logical if Tata went up against Renee Ellmers.  The local Tea Party has been trying to unseat her since she voted for the debt ceiling years ago.  Rumor has it the Tea Party was eying Jim Womack to run against her.  Womack was appointed by McCrory to run the Energy and Mining Commission.  That’s the committee that will control fracking and the regulation that goes along with it.

Womack’s brother is a congressman from Arkansas and a local Tea Party favorite there.  But, Renee isn’t as vulnerable as she used to be.  She’s weathered some big storms both at home and inside the Beltway.  And, Tony Tata is, well let’s face it,  he’s out there.

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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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