It is getting to where it’s embarrassing to be a Democrat these days in North Carolina. Even when we finally win a race, we are shooting ourselves in the foot after crossing the finish line.
I don’t think it should go unnoticed that millions of votes were cast in North Carolina’s gubernatorial election. Rory Cooper won with a little over 10,000 votes after the recount: that is no mandate by any stretch of the imagination. Keep in mind also we are 28 days post-election cycle.
For the first time since I can remember, North Carolina Democrats lost their advantage in the Council of State. Although that may not sound like a big deal to many people, North Carolina retains a Jacksonian-era system of divided executive power. In addition to the Governor, the nine Council of State members are elected statewide by the voters. The term “Council of State” harks back to the colonial-era Governor’s Council, which was essentially the upper house of the legislature, and then to a Council of State in the early years of statehood, which was appointed by the legislature and which curtailed the governor’s power.
And even when Democrats did not lose, their margins of victory were some of the closest I’ve ever seen in my 35 years of following politics.
All of the Democrats for the North Carolina Court of Appeals lost the races.
Maybe that’s why I was a little taken aback when Dave Miranda, the communications director for the North Carolina Democratic Party posted this:
Dallas Woodhouse is not my favorite person by a long shot—but considering the dismal effects of this election cycle on Democrats, a little grace and civility would go a long way. Memo to Dave Miranda: this is not how we act when we win elections in NC.
You might remember Miranda from the email exchanges between him and the DNC that were exposed on WikiLeaks. Miranda spent a considerable amount of time with the DNC fundraising for Rory Cooper off the back of HB 2 (commonly referred to as the bathroom bill.) You can check out his WikiLeaks here.
The Montel side story:
For reasons I have yet to understand, @Montel_Williams made a threatening comment after a North Carolina writer Andrea Dillion said he had “not one iota of Grace.”
Montel fired back from a pervious post telling her “There’s an exhaust pipe with your name on it dear!” :
This is the same Montel Williams who is a former Marine and Navy serviceman and is a veterans spokesperson for suicide prevention. Interestingly, Montel considers himself an “activist” but his only claim to fame was the “Montel Williams Show” in where he showcased a chain smoking fake psychic.
Check out the HuffPost article: Sylvia Browne: Dead Psychic’s Legacy Riddled With Failed Predictions, Fraud
It is embarrassing. But it also shows how broken the North Carolina Democratic Party really is.
Although Montel Williams does not speak for the North Carolina Democratic Party, Dave Miranda does. At least until the next chair is elected.