Extended delay in 12th district special election is wrong

Whatever the reason — quirk of the law, a desire by a conservative governor to prevent a heavily Democratic district from sending another Democrat to Washington or a combination of both — the delay announced yesterday by Gov. McCrory in filling the vacancy brought about by Congressman Mel Watt’s recent resignation from his seat in the 12th congressional district is simply and flat-out wrong.  Even if special, stand-alone elections would cost some money that the state would rather not spend during tight times, the notion that nearly 800,000 people will have no representation in the U.S. House of Representatives for an entire year is simply ridiculous.

McCrory (and legislative leaders, if necessary) should go back to the drawing board and fashion a better solution ASAP lest he people of the 12th start making noises about “no taxation without representation.”


  1. ML

    January 8, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Would it be different if the district was primarily republican? Nobody knows but I have a pretty good guess…

  2. Alan

    January 8, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    ML, as John Cleese famously stated, “you have a remarkable ability for stating the bleedin obvious” :-)

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    January 8, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Well it makes no difference one way or the other anyway whether someone is in that seat. Republican or democrat in the seat it has no bearing on what goes on in DC in the house at this point anyway.

  4. ML

    January 8, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    LSD got one right. I agree there’s no point since it changes little in regards to the house of reps make up.

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