GOP choices for Governor down to 3 - Folwell, Robinson, and Graham | Eastern North Carolina Now

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Republicans will have three choices for governor, as two major candidates who were in the race earlier are not running.  Former Congressman Mark Walker switched races to run for Congress again, and former state Senator Andy Wells did not file.

The choices include one establishment RINO and two candidates with more conservative credentials.

The establishment RINO is wealthy trial lawyer Bill Graham, who is endorsed by ultra-RINO Sen. Thom Tillis (Tillis was censured earlier this year by the NC Republican State Convention for numerous leftwing votes in the Senate).  Graham's campaign is being run by liberal Republican consultant Paul Shumaker, who is also TIllis' consultant.  Graha;m has a history of supporting the climate boondoggle, being an active supporter of expensive and unreliable wind and solar electricity.

The two candidates with conservative credentials are two term State Treasurer Dale Folwell and one term Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson.

Folwell has a long conservative record of getting things done, first as a solidly conservative member of the NC House, and Speaker Pro Tem, then as  Chairman of the NC Employment Security Commission where he got that agency out of a staggering debt to the federal government with some aggressive policy changes, and more recently as our State Treasurer.  As Treasurer, Folwell has a record of  fearlessly taking on the special interests to get a better deal for citizens.  As Treasurer, Folwell has a seat on the State Board of Education, where he has actively opposed wokeness in our schools.  As a member of the Council of State, Folwell opposed Governor Cooper's lockdown executive orders.

Folwell's weaknesses are than he is a plain spoken public speaker and due to his battles with special interests, he has to rely on ordinary citizens for his campaign money.  In spite of those weaknesses, Folwell has been a strong votegetter in statewide races and gets a significant crossover vote.

Robinson came to prominence as a result of a speech against gun control that he gave to his county commission that went viral on the internet, which propelled him into the Lt. Governor's chair, as NC's first black lieutenant governor.  He has proven to be an extremely eloquent public speaker in prepared speeches pushing the conservative agenda, and he is in demand all over the country.  The major policy issue that Robinson engaged in early in his term was fighting a radical Social Studies curriculum  for the public schools.

Robinson's weaknesses include that he has proven very inept at organizing a staff even for the relatively small staff in the lieutenant governor's office, and that bodes ill for the ability to staff an entire administration.  While an eloquent speaker with prepared remarks, Robinson as not been as adept in speaking off the cuff, and has even refused to participate in GOP primary debates.  Other than his early battle on the school social studies curriculum, Robinson has been MIA on major issues coming before the legislature, where he is presiding officer of the State Senate, taking a powder on such major issues as casinos, marijuana, gun rights, the Green New Deal, a huge Democrat-designed slush fund, and the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.  Robinson has also compiled a record of frequently failing to show up for work for his duties like presiding over the senate and attending state Board of Education meetings.  Up to this point, however, Robinson eloquent speaking ability has carried him in the polls.

Conservative voters should pay close attention to the details on Folwell and Robinson and choose the one who will make both the strongest candidate and the most effective  and conservative governor.  Graham is NOT a candidate for conservatives, although his liberal consultant is working hard to try to pass him off as one.


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( February 14th, 2024 @ 5:11 pm )
thank you for running with Gov. martin backing you that is all I need to know..would like your meeting places
( December 25th, 2023 @ 12:00 pm )
It is not surprising that Little Bobbie, our resident Marxist troll, would go with Mark Robinson. The Democrats think they have a lot of ammunition from Robinson's personal life to destroy him in the general election, so he is their preferred choice in our primary. My guess is that their second choice would be Graham, because he would lose the farmers, who normally vote Republican, due to some of his lawsuits against farmers.
Big Bob said:
( December 25th, 2023 @ 8:27 am )
I think you should go with Robinson. That lunatic is just the guy. Black and thinks he’s in the club. That’s tough to find.
( December 24th, 2023 @ 2:20 pm )
I look at the choices in our primary as 1) who will make the best governor and fight for GOP principles, and 2) who will make the strongest candidate.

As to being the best governor, I rely on my experience as a political appointee inside the Jim Martin administration, and my observations of the Jim Holshouser and McCrory administrations. There are two important aspects to look at, 1) who will stand up for principles, and 2) who has the ability to staff an administration with solid people who will carry out the policies and principles of the administration.

As to staffing a government office, Graham is an unknown quantity as he has no record on that. Folwell has an excellent record of getting the right people on his staff to get things done on his agenda, while Robinson has a very poor record on that. Folwell is the very clear choice on this criteria.

As far as promoting solid GOP policy in government, Graham has no record on this as he has never been in office, but has pushed some very non-Republican policy as a private citizen. Folwell has a strong record of taking the bull by the horns, pushing hard, not being afraid of the special interests and getting things done on GOP policy. Robinson started off great with his crusade against woke curriculums in the schools, but after getting himself a lot of publicity on that, dropped the ball. He has not picked up the ball on ANY key policy issue since. Folwell, again, is head and shoulders ahead of the others on this criteria.

When it comes to electability, both Folwell and Robinson have good track records, but Folwell has won consistently, and so far Robinson only once. Graham has no track record. Graham pissing off the farmers means he has the least shot at election. I have some concerns about skeletons rattling around in Robinson's closet which have been aired on the Daily Haymaker and the Democrats are probably holding in reserve if he is the nominee.

Everything considered, to me, Folwell is the clear choice.
( December 24th, 2023 @ 10:36 am )
As usual, Little Bobbie, you are clueless. Republicans fall into three categories, traditional conservative (think Ronald Reagan or Jesse Helms), MAGA (more populist conservative like Trump), and RINOs, whose ideology makes one question why they are even registered Republican, probably mostly opportunists.

Personally, I am a traditional conservative, having been heavily involved from Jesse Helms first campaign in 1972, but I respect the MAGA people as they have many things in common with traditional conservatives, although also some differences. I have no respect for the RINOs who are often functionally Democrats like Lix Cheney.

Ron deSantis is the traditional conservative left in the presidential race, while Haley and Christie are the two RINOs. In the governor's race, Folwell is traditional conservative, Graham RINO, and who knows about Robinson. He is a wannabee MAGA but his refusal to take stands on issues means he is only a wannabee. Graham is unacceptable, but I could live with either of the other two as nominee, although between all three, Folwell would, hands down, make the best governor.
Big Bob said:
( December 24th, 2023 @ 9:58 am )
if he isn't MAGA (R-crazy), he's a RINO. They eat their own.
( December 24th, 2023 @ 10:04 am )
Great catch, Country Girl. We don't need this anti-farmer Green New Dealer shyster Bill Graham as our nominee. He is a Democrat-in-Drag.
Big Bob said:
( December 24th, 2023 @ 9:51 am )
My only comment is that pork production isn't really 'farming'. How modern Ag treats animals is disgusting. I'm no vegetarian, but there is no defense for treating animals with cruelty. None. Do it right, or don't do it.
( December 24th, 2023 @ 9:21 am )
Unmasking Bill Graham: A Distorted Image and Real Threat to North Carolina Agriculture
( December 24th, 2023 @ 8:45 am )
The Daily Haymaker just ran a good article on the corruption of the word "conservative" by lots of poseurs. Graham is one of those poseurs.

One huge red flag on Graham is that he is endorsed by liberal RINO Senator Thom Tillis. Tillis, who rates at only 44% conservative NEVER endorses a genuine conservative. That is all you need to know to be aware that Graham is not worth a crap. Who in there right mind wants a Tillis type as governor (or as senator)?
( December 23rd, 2023 @ 8:25 pm )
"Solid conservatives" do NOT push the globalist / climate alarmist solar and wind ripoff. Bill Graham has been in thick with those despicable wind and solar grifters, as has his buddy Tillis, and his consultant Shumaker. Graham is of the same ilk as Greta Thunberg and John Kerry.
JD Eller said:
( December 23rd, 2023 @ 3:36 pm )
Sorry, but you are so wrong..I have known Bill Graham for over 20 years and he is a solid conservative...Folwell would also be a good governor, but Robinson would lose for sure.
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