Staff infection – the leftward influence on NC legislative leaders | Eastern North Carolina Now

By:  John Steed

In recent years, we have had a steady diet of the Republican leadership straying off to the left on a variety of issues that has often puzzled and upset GOP voters and activists.  Too often they have pulled many of our Republican legislators with them. 

We saw both Senate President Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore orchestrate the surrender to the Gaystapo on the climbdown to repeal our bathroom/locker room privacy law, HB2.  We saw Berger and Moore use strongarm tactics to ram through North Carolina's Green New Deal, HB951, which is more radical than the European Union's Green Deal.  We saw Berger push the Obamacare Medicaid expansion through the Senate and Moore try to push it through the House.  We saw Moore block consideration of the Parents Bill of Rights for schools in the House after it passed the Senate.  The list could go on.

All of these things are against the Republican platform, and where polls have been taken they are diametrically opposite the positions of Republican voters.  Why have our leaders gone astray?  There are probably several reasons, including listening to special interest lobbyists, but a big one is their key staff are often not conservatives and care little for Republican policy.

Here are some prime examples.

Dan Gurley is House Speaker Tim Moore's Deputy Chief of Staff.  He is also a homosexual activist who has served as a board member and chairman of the board of Equality NC, the leading “gay rights” pressure group in the state, and one noted for radical positions on those issues.  How is Gurley going to be expected to advise Moore on issues like the bathroom privacy law or the Parents Bill of Rights?  From the Republican standpoint or the “gay rights” far left standpoint?

Brent Woodcox is a millennial lawyer who is a staffer particularly close to Senator Phil Berger.  His official title is Senior Policy Counsel.  When the GOP's redistricting consultant became ill, Berger turned to Woodcox to draw the Senate redistricting maps in 2020.  Woodcox is also a Never Trumper who posted anti-Trump comments on social media in the run-up to the 2018 election yet kept his job with Berger.  Woodcox heads a group called YIMBY (Yes in My Back Yard) pushing low income housing in middle class neighborhoods in Raleigh.  Woodcox is a Kentucky transplant to NC.  Given his liberal tendencies, how is someone like Woodcox going to advise Berger on issues of concern to Republican voters?  One curious part of Woodcox's 2020 redistricting map gerrymandered the leading opponent of the green new deal, Senator Bill Cook, out of his district, and redrew that district for a major wind/solar supporter from the House, Rep. Bob Steinberg.  Woodcox's preliminary map was also given to the far left pressure group Common Cause for their comment days before it was even shown to GOP senators.

Andre Beliveau is a New York transplant who worked as a Policy Advisor to Senator Phil Berger at the time of the 2020 redistricting and the 2021 adoption of NC's Green New Deal, working both in the areas of redistricting and energy.  He was thus likely involved in the gerrymander of Green New Deal opponent Senator Bill Cook and in the Green New Deal  rewrites and passage itself.  Beliveau now works at the John Locke Foundation, where he penned an article favorable to HB951 even though Locke fought it tooth and nail in the legislature and other Locke writers still expose its dangers to our state.  Beliveau is active in the NC chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans and was one of the top contributors to the Log Cabin Republican state level NC political action committee in 2021-22.  Beliveau started his career in the General Assembly as an aide to Senator Paul Newton, who is a retired executive of “woke” Duke Energy and now a champion of special interests in the legislature.

There is an old saying in government that “personnel is policy” meaning that you have to hire the right sort of people if you want the right policy results.  It is clear that our NC Republican legislative leadership is not hiring the right sort of people, which is one of the reasons Republican voters are not getting the results they expected out of the Republican majority in Raleigh. 

What Republicans need in key staff positions are North Carolina conservatives, not out of state liberals.

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( December 31st, 2022 @ 8:29 am )
That HB2 repeal was where it became very clear that Phil Berger and Tim Moore were RINOs who play footsie with the Democrats. Since then, it has been a steady stream of leftwing crap. Who they pick for staff positions just underlines how big a RINO each of them is. No genuine Republican would pick this sort of riff raff for their staff. The other Republicans needed to dump this pair of traitors as leaders, but they failed to do it, much like the US Congress keeping their failed leadership.
Bubba said:
( December 27th, 2022 @ 7:13 am )
Wow! This really makes you wonder which bathroom and which pronouns our legislative leaders and their staff use.
( December 26th, 2022 @ 8:40 pm )
At the time, Speaker Moore's refusal to call the Parents Bill of Rights up for a vote was a real head scratcher. The votes were there in the House to pass it. It was election time. Sure, Cooper would probably veto it, but it put Democrat legislators on record on an issue where voters would not agree with them. Then put it up again for a veto override and make them vote on it again. That would have been a heck of a campaign issue if the Democrats held firm, but Moore took a pass on it. That made absolutely no sense at the time. It seemed to reek of political malpractice. Now, however, one can connect the dots between Speaker Moore and the homosexual lobby, and why it happened is just too crystal clear, and too infuriating. Moore needs to go. He is not serving the Republicans of North Carolina and our interests.
( December 26th, 2022 @ 6:47 pm )
That YIMBY business of Woodcox tracks national Democrat policy of trying to break down things like zoning laws and scatter pockets of the ghetto through middle class neighborhoods. He is backing Democrat policy in that endeavor. The Dems are trying to do that all over the country. And this guy claims to be a Republican? Horsehockey!

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