Monday, September 21, 2015

Get Ready for the Incumbent Enablement Act of 2015

This week in Raleigh, the General Assembly will very likely move up the 2016 primary elections  to the Ides of March -- for all offices, from the White House to the Courthouse.

Meaning, primarily, that challengers to incumbents will have far less time to make their case, whether they're challenging a sitting (squatting?) county commissioner or a posturing U.S. Senator.

Republicans in the General Assembly want to make North Carolina a playah and attract some of that national money from aspiring presidential campaigns. They're tired of being irrelevant in picking the next Republican nominee, since in the recent past, the ultimate nominees have been decided well before North Carolinians got to vote in May.

The forward push for the 2016 primaries will also mean an accelerated filing-for-office period. Filing for county commissioner, school board, state House and Senate, and on up to U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate (not to mention governor and the entire Council of State) will open this December.

We're at the mercy of manipulators, prima donnas, and gut-busted little dictators in Raleigh.

4 comments:

Lew Hendricks said...

I guess I should add my two cents on this one since it directly affects my campaign.

1. It will cost less to have all elections on the same day. But, I guess we have had them on the same day for awhile now. So, saying it will save money is false. It will just cost as much as it always has.
2. Having all on the same day and when the Presidential nominees are still not decided should lead to a higher voter turnout. The more people that exercise their right to vote the better.
3. I understand why they wanted to move the primary up....to matter in the selection of the Presidential nominees. When it was first announced it took me about two seconds to say they should move them all up to save money. I'm wondering why this wasn't done from the very beginning.

So, I'm not going to lie and say this has no affect on my campaign. It gives me less time to get my name and message out there and that hurts me more than the incumbent. But, as a former Army officer I've had lack of timely decisions of those in charge affect the amount of time I had to accomplish the mission.

In case you are wondering what the mission is: Bring true representation to Watauga and Ashe counties. The mission remains the same!!!

Lew
www.hendricks4nchouse.com

Anonymous said...

Lew. why post your "two cents" here and not post it on Watauga Conservative, too? Why not seek the support of local conservatives? The GOP primary will be dominated by conservatives, not by followers of Watauga Watch.

Lew Hendricks said...

I post my thoughts on both places. I read both blogs and if a topic comes up that affects my campaign or is an issue I feel strongly about I chime in.

Based on some of the comments on here I would say there are some independents and republicans that read this blog as well.

Lew

Lew Hendricks said...

Here is a link to a Conservative Blog post I made a few comments on.

http://wataugarepubs.blogspot.com/2015/09/republican-establishment-wake-up-and.html