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There are several Sample Ballots labeled conservative in Circulation; BE AWARE.

    There is only one Sample Ballot in circulation that is approved by the Beaufort County Conservative Republican Club Membership, with the notation at the bottom "Paid for by the Beaufort County Conservative Republican Club PAC."

    All other ballots back liberal Republicans and RINOS regardless of the purported "Conservatives" who have their names on them.

Click Here to access a PDF of the aforementioned Conservative Republican Sample Ballot.

The conservative club ballot can also be obtained from Hood Richardson’s office located at 110 West Second Street in Washington or by calling 252-975-3472 for service by email or US Mail.

Paid for by: Beaufort County Conservative Republican PAC

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( February 23rd, 2024 @ 2:50 pm )
When it comes to the governor's primary on the GOP side, the three candidates reflect the three Republican governors NC has had in the last half century wth each reflecting a different governor. Having been active in politics during each of those administrations, and serving in one GOP governor's administration (conservative Jim Martin), I will explain which 2024 candidate matches up with which former GOP governor.

Bill Graham is similar to Gov. Jim Holshouser (1973-1977)

Dale Folwell is similar to Gov. Jim Martin (1985-1993). Governor Martin has even endorsed Folwell in this primary.

Mark Robinson is similar to Gov. Pat McCrory (2013-2017)

Jim Holshouser was a lawyer who talked conservative but had a much less conservative background and did not govern as a conservative. He had enough administrative ability to run a reasonably competent administration but did little to push a conservative agenda. He relied heavily on a political operative named Gene Anderson who was mean and power-driven and permanently left the state the day after the administration ended. Graham, a wealthy trial lawyer, largely fills the bill right down to his political operative he shares with Tillis, Paul Shumaker.

Jim Martin was a staunch conservative who was more focused on actually achieving conservative policy objectives than in railing about them in speeches. He was a superb administrator who staffed his administration with politically savvy conservatives who could get the job done, and he delivered. He breezed to an easy second term, the only Republican governor ever to serve two terms. State Treasurer Folwell matches Marin's style and abilities as well as his political philosophy. It is no surprise that Martin has endorsed Folwell in the upcoming primary.

Pat McCrory could give a decent speech, although not as fiery as Mark Robinson, but he talked a good game. He did an awful job of staffing his administration, however, ignoring policy-oriented conservatives and often putting in people who lacked loyalty to the administration and even basic competence. Bungling staff cost him reelection. McCrory was also completely adrift on policy his entire term. Mark Robinson shares McCrory's failings. He has been incompetent in organizing a functioning lieutenant governors office, which is tiny compared to a gubenatorial administration, and he talks a real good game on issues, but hasn't done a thing to impact issues in the General Assembly where he is presiding officer of the state senate. He represents all of the things that made McCrory an unsuccessful governor.

Dale Folwell is the one candidate with the skill set, philosophy, and principles to be a successful governor.
( February 23rd, 2024 @ 11:08 am )
Steve: I agree on the Questionnaires. I would have done it if I had the time. Maybe next time around because I am certainly working towards it.

If anyone would like to volunteer to help, the platform is always open.
Bubba said:
( February 23rd, 2024 @ 10:25 am )
Flim-flam in politics! Imagine that!
( February 23rd, 2024 @ 8:10 am )
The word "conservative" does get used all too often by politicians who by no stretch of the imigination are anything close to a conservative. The one that always got me as particularly tone deaf was Democrat Sen. George McGovern, after running what at the time was by far the most far left campaign for president in US history in 1972, followed that up in his next reelection campaign in South Dakota calling himself a "conservative". Of course, most voters remembered his presidential campaign, and knew he did not have a conservative bone in his body, and he lost reelection. But there are politicians like McGovern out there who think voters are that gullible.

Voters need to look at actual political records much more than they do rhetoric. What candidates actually DO matters a whole lot more than what they SAY.

What I would like to see in local campaigns is endorsements based on issue quetionaires. Those questionaires should ask for examples in candidates records that prove their answers are genuine. That is the best way to do endorsements. It should not be based on personalities or factions, but where candidates actually stand on real issues.
( February 23rd, 2024 @ 7:20 am )
We should be particularly suspicious of candidates who overuse the word "conservative" in their campaign materials and websites. Something is usually wrong there. For example, Bill Graham overuses that term and he is recruited and endorsed by liberal Thom Tillis. Definitely something wrong with that picture. Then there is Bob Brinson, who also overuses that term. In his only public office, a partial term on the New Bern City Counsil, there is very little in his voting record there that tells you what he is, but there is one glaring thing. Brinson voted LIBERAL to raise taxes, and he is now sending out postcards saying he is a tax cutter. No, what Brinson has demonstrated is that he is a LIAR who voters simply cannot trust. Well, that and a tax and spend liberal.
( February 23rd, 2024 @ 7:10 am )
Big Bob "Translation:" Leftists find RINOs useful.
Big Bob said:
( February 23rd, 2024 @ 6:46 am )
Translation - Not every republican is a nut and it makes me sad.
( February 22nd, 2024 @ 10:30 pm )
Van Zant, there are scant few Conservatives in the Faux Beaufort County GOP; consisting of those people who possess little political /governing knowledge, and even less humility in real terms.

The Republican Party, universal, will never survive this abrupt turn towards RINOism.

I have been doing this far longer than any of these "party people," actually, all of them as individuals, and I am positive that this construct of disingenuous politics stomping all over Conservative Ideals / Values will never succeed in Beaufort County if this county truly is home to enough Good People willing to make that real difference in setting a formative approach to our Conservative Republican revival here in Beaufort County.
Van Zant said:
( February 22nd, 2024 @ 9:32 pm )
It is hilarious how everybody talks conservative at election time. Some of these extremely well-funded candidates are telling some outright whoppers. Many of the palm cards from the local Repub Party and their satellites are fanciful tales of absurdity.
If you are looking for conservative candidates to vote for, do your own research and believe nothing but real facts and records. Lacking time for that, make sure the recommendations come from the BC Conservative Club. You won't find phony baloney conservatives in that group. Anything else might be the exact opposite of what you are looking for. There's a lot of shameless lying going on.
( February 22nd, 2024 @ 10:51 am )
In a Republican primary, nobody is going to admit that they are anything but a conservative, and that includes the frequent collaborators with the liberal Democrats like Thom Tillis or Phil Berger. You always have to look at records, instead of campaign rhetoic. Like in the state senate primary, Mike Speciale has a long and distinguished record of fighting for conservative principles in the NC House, while his opponent Brinson talks conservative but about the only actual record Brinson has in his short term on the New Bern City Council is of voting to raise taxes and that is NOT conservative. Or there is Mark Robinson who talks a good game on conservative issues but when one looks at his actual record, he is mostly "missing in action", another phoney.

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