Josh Stein vs. Molotov Mitchell: “The Liberation of District 16 is Under Way!”

by | Jul 10, 2014 | Carolina Strategic Analysis, Features, NC Senate Races, NCGOP | 62 comments

Senate District 16: Josh Stein (D) vs. Molotov Mitchell (R)

Molotov Mitchell is a business owner, filmmaker, and combat instructor. Next year, he wants to add State Senator to his resume. And if he happens to win, he’ll earn himself yet another title in the process – that of Giantslayer.

That’s because Mitchell, who first achieved notoriety by starring in a number of provocative YouTube videos, is running in a strongly Democratic district, and his opponent is none other than Josh Stein, the Democratic Senate Minority Whip. Stein has been in office for almost six years now and appears to have a secure hold on this seat. In his last election, he ran unopposed. He’s a strong fundraiser who has been a valuable asset for his party as they adapt to being in the minority for the first time in over 100 years. And he’s made it clear he’s interested in running for the Attorney General position in 2016 if his former boss, Roy Cooper, runs for governor.

In part, Mitchell says he’s running because District 16 deserves a State Senator who can get things done. And by his own admission, Stein hasn’t gotten much of anything accomplished now that he’s in the minority. Why, then, asks Mitchell, should voters give Stein another term just so he can abandon his district to run for the Attorney General job in two years?

Mitchell says he would be a more effective representative for the people of District 16. A solid conservative, he’s campaigning on a pro-liberty platform which includes reducing burdensome regulations for business, cutting spending, and opposition to Obamacare. A concealed-carry handgun instructor, he’s particularly passionate about Second Amendment rights. He supports the agenda of the “conservative revolution” in the General Assembly and says he wants to keep the ball rolling. And he has the support of several high-profile state Republicans, receiving endorsements from State Senators Thom Goolsby and Neal Hunt, Representative Jim Fulghum, and the Wake County Republican Party.

The Democratic nominee, State Senator Josh Stein

The Democratic nominee, State Senator Josh Stein

The Republican nominee, Molotov Mitchell

The Republican nominee, Molotov Mitchell

A major hurdle for Mitchell is the district’s strong Democratic tilt. It was, in fact, drawn precisely to be a Democratic “pack” and make surrounding districts 15 and 17 more Republican. It is a beetle-shaped district that extends from Morrisville and Brier Creek in western Wake County and down Glenwood Avenue to some liberal white parts of Raleigh, collecting about half of the town of Cary along the way. Voters here tend to be moderate to progressive, and Obama won here by 26 points in 2012. Walter Dalton carried it by 12. And even in 2010, a disastrous year for Democrats nationwide, Senate candidate Elaine Marshall won it by 13.

The Mitchell campaign has no illusions about the nature of the district they’re running in and maintain that they’re in it to win. They’re hoping for a GOP tidal wave in November, and while they’re going to work to bring out conservatives in the district, they’re also planning to go after Democratic-leaning unaffiliated voters who might be swayed by a pro-liberty message. To that end, they’re heavily targeting college students and young people, particularly in the part of the district that contains the NC State campus and surrounding areas. They hope they can be swayed by Mitchell’s opposition to the NSA, an issue which particularly resonates with young voters. The NSA has recently established a facility on the NCSU campus, and their operations are shrouded in secrecy. Few voters are aware of its existence.

If nothing else, Mitchell could prove to divert Stein’s vast cash reserves closer to home and away from competitive Senate races elsewhere, while also roughing him up politically as he attempts to run for Attorney General two years from now. And in the best-case scenario that Mitchell and his supporters envision, Josh Stein will be out of a job next January, while this rhetorical bombthrower will be lobbing bombs in the chambers of the General Assembly. Such a scenario would be the result of one of the most stunning upsets in North Carolina political history, an upset on the level of David and Goliath. As a zealous Christian, it’s a story with which the man named Molotov is no doubt familiar.

So despite the district demographics and the likelihood of being vastly outspent, Mitchell and his team are undaunted by the challenge of facing one of the top Democrats in the Senate. As Mitchell’s campaign insists, “The Liberation of District 16 is under way!” Conservatives who hope to hobble a Democratic rising star as he prepares to run for Attorney General hope the liberation begins November 4th.

Counties in district: Wake (part)

District Rating: Solid Democratic

2012 Result
100% Stein (Unopposed)

Voter Registration
39.8% Democrat
35.4% Unaffiliated
24.2% Republican

69.9% White
15.2% Black
14.9% Other

Results in Other Elections
2012 President
61.8% Obama
36.4% Romney

2012 Governor
54.2% Dalton
41.9% McCrory

2010 Senate
55.0% Marshall
42.0% Burr

2008 Senate
61.7% Hagan
34.8% Dole

Social Media Support
Sen. Josh Stein – 3,459
Molotov Mitchell – 5,464


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  35. Mick

    Well, I was wrong. Molotov isn’t beaten by 10 points; he’s beaten by 34points. I guess voters know crazy when they see it…..

  36. Mick

    The “dude’s” name may still legally be Jason, but he goes by Molotov in all his dealings with the press, on his FB page, and when giving interviews. I thought it had been legally changed because I saw a web interview with him in which he explained where the name came from, and he implied it was his real name.
    Sorry to hear you believe that he “may be a better step in the right direction,” as his statements and videos and pseudo-documentaries all show a level of ignorance and hating that takes one aback.

  37. Mike

    Yeah, I have been reading about Mitchell for years and dude sounds exactly like me when I was 19. He has had little to challenge his point of view, exactly as I was when I was 19. I give him some credit for having the balls to do a few things he has done, none of which gave him a broad enough scope of knowledge or temper his point of view (from all I can tell) to represent a broad rather then a specialized point of view for this constituency. Too bad there are very little other options in this race. He calls himself Libertarian unfortunately his points of view are overly opinionated and very biased and he has pushed agendas that no true Libertarian would get behind and still consider themselves a Libertarian. And “dude’s” name is actually Jason not Molotov which is just another part of his stitch and his projected persona/alias. At any rate he may be a better step in the right direction promoting liberty or he might be an ego driven nut who has always fancied himself an icon and a leader with delusions of support and grandeur. At any rate Stine pretty much sucks and is a typical politician not worthy of re-election.

    It is a crap shoot between these 2 in my personal opinion. Good luck at the polls voters!

  38. Nancy

    I thinking your ability to hate and hurt has been made quite apparent in your words. If someone like you is voting for Josh Stein, then I feel comfortable voting for anyone BUT Josh Stein.

  39. Mick

    Nancy: Thanks for the thoughtful, well-supported, and deeply insightful posts. Interjecting “You lie!” is always soooo productive in political discourse. (If you can’t catch my sarcasm, get some professional counseling, please).

    I and others here have offered up reasons why we oppose Mitchell’s candidacy. So I’ll again join with them and other reasonably sane people and clearer thinking organizations in stating that Molotov Mitchell is a nutzoid, irresponsible, hate-filled candidate, who, unfortunately, reflects a substantive segment of current GOP/Libertarian/conservative thinking.

    Go Josh Stein!

    • Nancy

      I think I’ll stick with advice given by people who don’t stoo to your level.

      • Mick

        Go right ahead, Nancy, it’s your right.
        But just FYI, folks my “level” (the less gullible and less hating) will vote Stein to a win of at least 10 percentage points. You see, I still have faith that majority of folks in that district can discern between good and bad thinking, representation, and character.

    • Nancy

      All of those are opinions based on lies.

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    And here’s hoping you will have fewer successful regressive candidates and groups in a position to use your business services. Besides, diversification in the marketplace is always a good thing. Try it. You may like it.

    • dennisberwyn

      hey Mick! Bite ME! You got nothin’ you’re bereft of morality bro….soul less…..

  41. Someone from Main Street USA

    If a “Christian Supremist,” pro-gun, anti-gay guy wins in a Democratic district, the state is a goner. Does NCGOP really support this guy? How despicable!

    • Someone from Main Street USA

      And his name, of course, is Molotov, a bomb waiting to explode.

    • Daniel

      Actually, yes I do support him. I’m not despicable… just informed. P.S.-I love your ambiguous handle “Someone from Main Street USA”. Very courageous of you to use your full name. See I think that’s what you don’t get. Nobody wants a coward. That’s one of the reason’s I’m a fan of Molotov; he’s got courage. I’m afraid that and his politics may never make sense to you. But cheers and we’ll see you at the voting booth.

      • larry

        Is the air thin where you are? Has to be, so way up there and all.

  42. dennisberwyn

    Why Democrats Fail!

  43. Mick

    THE major hurdle for Mitchell is NOT the district’s strong Democratic tilt, but rather Mitchell’s positions and persona. He is, in a word, a fruitloop. A self-described “Christian Supremist.” Legally changed his name to that of a home-made bomb used in riots. Supported executing homosexuals, and as a so-called true Christian has taken positions and made statements that sound like he’s OK with subjugation of women and stoning of adulterers. The fact that he has the GOP nomination speaks tons about how off-based and how sad the Republican Party has become. And frankly, John Wynne, shame on you and your party colleagues for believing this nut case extremist should hold elected office in NC.

    • Daniel

      Actually, the average joe’s of the world (such as myself – a wife and three kids; just trying to make ends meet) completely get Molotov. He’s not a fruitloop, he supported national sovereignty. You’re just trying to take his candor out of context. You are ridiculously out of touch.

      • larry

        Gosh….you really like your position don’t you.

    • Nancy

      Mick, everything you said is a lie.

  44. Alex Jones

    I don’t mean to be rude, but there’s nothing “pro-liberty” about executing gay people, a Ugandan policy Mitchell once endorsed. (He claims to have changed his mind, but the production of that video testifies negatively to his instincts.)

    • Daniel

      Way out of context Alex. And no Mitchell didn’t change his mind. He wasn’t promoting the idea of homosexual execution. He was actually dealing with the topic of national sovereignty as it pertains to other countries. Don’t pull lame BS on the web, we’ve all watched his videos too. It only makes you look either ignorant and/or compromised. Just saying.

      • larry

        Wow. “lame BS”, “ignorant or compromised”. Were you appointed to your position or did you run for it?

        • Nancy

          Give it up, Larry. You can’t make stuff up and expect smart people to believe it.

  45. dennisberwyn

    #LIBERATE #BeatJoshStein #SteinSlayer

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