Moffitt for speaker. Please.

by | Mar 14, 2014 | 2014 Elections, Editor's Blog, NC House Races, NC Politics | 20 comments

That settles it. I know who I’m pulling for to succeed Thom Tillis as house speaker. I’m with Tim Moffitt.

My reasons are simple. I want somebody who gives me plenty of fodder for my blog. Nobody will fill that role quite as well as Representative Moffitt. Moffitt is almost a parody of the bumbling movie politician who is so dumb he can’t even succeed at petty corruption. Think Mel Brooks as the governor in Blazing Saddles.

Moffitt understands that his job allows him to bully and profit. The last time we saw the Buncombe County legislator, he was make money off of his colleagues by selling them web sites. What an industrious young man!

Yesterday, Moffitt admitted that he had asked his opponent in the general election to bow out. According his Democratic challenger, Brian Turner, Moffitt explained that he was running for house speaker and wanted to travel the state helping his fellow Republicans win their races. He didn’t want to be bothered by a pesky election. I guess he thought redistricting could remove that inconvenience.

Turner says Moffitt suggested that maybe he would prefer to be head of UNC-TV instead of a state legislator. Moffitt admits bringing it up but says he was only suggesting Turner apply for the job. He denies that it was an offer to help Turner get the position. Yeah, right.

But since that didn’t seem to take, Moffitt let Turner know that third party organizations would likely try to “destroy” him with negative ads. Moffitt says he was just being “blunt” and “honest.” No threats here. But I wonder how Moffitt knows about those ads if he’s not coordinating with those parties?

And that’s what I like. Bare knuckled politics from an 80-pound weakling with more balls than brains. Let’s get back to the days when politicians buy and bully their way into power. No better person to get us there than Representative Tim Moffitt. Please support him for house speaker. Please.


  1. Thomas Ricks

    Then you just call them the liars they are, over and over and over again.

  2. N.C.Rohan

    And don’t be surprised when the twisted marketeers of the opposite-of-reality hold up your headline as proof of bipartisan support!

  3. George Williams

    We in WNC thought Moffitt a joke too. Since then, we have been gerrymandered and had our public assess seized. I presume your intent was satiric, but be careful what you wish for! I hadn’t thought things could be worse politically in our state, but Speaker Moffitt, a pure product of Pope and ALEC, is beyond imagination. Moffitt changed governance in Buncombe County- it will take decades, if ever, to undo the damage. And this, you would wish, even with a smile on your face, on the whole state?

    • Jim Green

      I’m with you. I have considered moving because of this.

      • Thomas Ricks

        I come from Georgia. It is MUCH worse there. Its heaven here. At least dems have a SHOT.

  4. Andrew Weatherly

    The Republicans make themselves too easy a target. Fortunately for them, most folks are drunk on jingoism and short on self interest. The Dems are like shooting oneself in the foot. They get little or nothing accomplished. They do little to support the people who vote them in. A WWII vet said it best to me and my class,” One party’s got no heart, and the other one has no guts.”

    • Thomas Ricks

      Freddy Crougar and Barney Fife.

      You do not want Freddy Crougar.

  5. Bob Geary

    I have to agree with Pete here. This is a potential swing district, and Moffitt wouldn’t have to coordinate with anyone to know that Art Pope-style groups would have his back in a contested race … or to or to know that such groups specialize in character assassination … or to know that they have buckets of money to do it with.

    Also, “coordinate” is a legal term, whereas Pope/Koch/ALEC minions whispering to Moffitt that if anyone runs against him, “We’ll nuke him,” is just talk among friends, right?

    But yes, Thomas, “Representative” Moffitt would do a heckuva job as Speaker. I’m with you there 🙂

  6. Pete Kaliner (@PeteKaliner)

    Hey, why aren’t you letting me post replies, Thomas?
    Good thing I took a screen grab just in case you stuck my post in Moderation Limbo.

      • Thomas Mills

        I will post everything unless it’s obscene, bigotry, attacking other posters (everyone is allowed to attack me) or gibberish. That said, the site requires me to approve any post with a link to ensure the links are valid and not spam. Sometimes I’m not available to approve immediately.

  7. Someone from Main Street NC

    Newish to NC – have never seen the outright disdain for the process of voting that the NCGOP exhibits here. Quite disgusting and terribly unAmerican.

    • Jim Green

      If you are new here is should scare you . I live here and am totally disgusted with it. If you are of color, a student and without a drivers license
      you don’t get to vote.

  8. Pete Kaliner (@PeteKaliner)

    “But I wonder how Moffitt knows about those ads if he’s not coordinating with those parties?”

    Are you unaware of the role that “outside groups” and “dark money” plays in our elections? Perhaps you could ask Senator Hagan about this. She seems well-versed on the matter.

    That being said, there is no account I’ve read where Moffitt specifically mentioned advertising. The warning was that third parties would be “gunning” for Turner, would “go after” him, and “nuke” him.

    Think: bloggers, social media, reporters, etc.

    You can hear Turner’s story here:

    • Thomas Mills

      There you go, Peter. Stand up for Tim Moffitt. I love it.

      • Pete Kaliner (@PeteKaliner)

        That’s your response?

        You might want to check into WHY this story is now being reported.
        The Asheville Citizen-Times caught it. You don’t even need to read that far into the 4 page article to see what prompted all this public discussion.

        But yeah — my comments were defending Moffitt…. OK.

        My comments were about your blog post. Not Moffitt.
        Keep up the great work.

        • Thomas Ricks

          If a conservative is speaking, a conservative is lying.

      • Tim Peck

        And what is it you are engaged in, Mr. Mills? I think there’s a technical legal word for it.

        • Thomas Ricks

          The technical word for a conservative opening their mouth is lying.

        • luther blissett

          Is that an official accusation from the Moffitt campaign team, Mr Peck? Or is it yet more innuendo spewed out by you to ensure that Moffitt can retain his typical arms-length plausible deniability?

          Typically, if I see someone’s dog defecating in public, I blame the owner.

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