Wednesday, May 03, 2023

Everybody's Afraid of Mark Robinson, Even Some of the People Who'll Vote For Him


Very recently (April 25), a coalition of liberal orgs announced the formation of a new Political Action Committee with an unfortunate acronym, C.A.R.E., for the Coalition Against Robinson’s Extremism, meaning Mark Robinson, the most prominent fire-breathing Republican who's also running for governor. He's been a constant source of wide-eyed amazement as our lieutenant governor. He would be a trainwreck as governor.

The C.A.R.E. coalition intends to watchdog Robinson, if not actually dog him, for his extremism and his lies, and to publicize it all. Prominent among C.A.R.E. members are America Votes, Progress NC Action, the AFL-CIO, Down Home, Equality NC, North Carolina Assoc. of Educators, North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, NC League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, et al.

The following quotes come from C.A.R.E.'s announcement press release and certainly signal some major lines of attack that will be a part of Robinson's future:

“There are few things more sacred than the decisions we make about our bodies and our families. Mark Robinson has made it clear, time, and time again, that he believes he can dictate these most personal decisions for others, without regard for individual circumstances, viewpoints, or personal faith traditions.”
--Jillian Riley, Planned Parenthood

“I stand before you today as a Black man, I stand before you as a husband, I stand before you as a father, I stand before you as one who follows Jesus and I want you to know that I believe in systemic racism, I believe in a woman's right to choose, I believe in same gender love, I believe in one's right to be who it is that you believe you want to be. I want you to know in spite of what Mark Robinson says that there are many Black men who feel the same way that I do. I want y'all to know there are many White Americans in rural North Carolina who feel the same way.”
--Rev. C.J. Brinson, Down Home NC

“He mocks and diminishes the humanity that he does not understand. When seeking to lead an entire state as beautiful and diverse and expansive as North Carolina, we need a leader who can grasp the teaching of the golden rule, treat others the way you want to be treated.”
--Irene Godinez, Poder NC

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