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Jackson Picked for Court of Appeals; Searcy Also Resigns From General Assembly

Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the Carolina Journal. The author of this post is Rick Henderson.

House Democratic leader Darren Jackson of Wake County at a March 2018 news conference. | Photo: Carolina Journal

    The former House minority leader is set to join the state Court of Appeals. A Wake County state senator who considered a run for U.S. Congress also resigned from a seat he recently won.

    Rep. Darren Jackson becomes the second Wake County Democrat to announce he's leaving the General Assembly as the 2021 session is set to convene. Gov. Roy Cooper picked Jackson to fill the Court of Appeals seat left open by Republican Supreme Court Justice-elect Phil Berger Jr. State Sen. Sam Searcy said he was resigning to pursue other opportunities.

    Berger defeated Democratic Appeals Court Judge Lucy Inman by 71,000 votes. Berger will become one of three Republicans on the seven-member court.

    Jackson represented southern Wake County for six terms. The past two, he was the body's minority leader. He frequently criticized Republican leaders and their agenda, and lashed out at leaders for scheduling a surprise vote Sept. 11, 2019, to override Cooper's veto of the 2019 budget.

    Jackson said he was assured by the House Rules chairman no votes would be taken that morning. But House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, said he made no assurances, and that only the speaker can decide to schedule votes.

    Jackson also was a vocal opponent of Republican attempts to limit Cooper's use of emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    House Democrats picked Rep. Robert Reives of Chatham County to lead their caucus in the upcoming session.

    In a news release announcing Jackson's appointment, Cooper said, "His decades of experience as a lawyer and elected public servant have prepared him for the bench, and I'm grateful for his willingness to continue serving our state with honor."

    Searcy, part-owner of a distillery, in November won his second term to the Senate. In 2017, he considered running for the 2nd U.S. Congressional District but chose to run for the General Assembly instead.

    Searcy didn't say what he planned to do. But he did endorse a possible successor: Outgoing state Rep. Sydney Batch, who lost a close race to Republican Erin Parè last month.

    Cooper will appoint a replacement nominated by the Democratic committee in the 17th District. The News & Observer reports several others may vie for the seat, including Reps. Julie von Haefen and Gale Adcock, and Wake County Commissioners Matt Calabria and Susan Evans.
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( January 1st, 2021 @ 9:45 am )
No Re-call in NC.

The Attorney General is an empty suit, but, a very good Democratic Socialist.

The general assembly can still Impeach. That does not get talked about much since I cannot remember it ever being tried.
( January 1st, 2021 @ 12:34 am )
Yet another reason why Oberkommando Cooper has to go. The degenerate mongrels need to swing from the gallows.

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