Price, Butterfield to McCrory: Delay of NC-12 Special Election ‘Unacceptable and Unprecedented’

Earlier this week, Governor Pat McCrory announced that the special election in North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District will run concurrently with this year’s regular election – meaning that the seat that had been held by Mel Watt will remain vacant for more than 300 days. Butterfield-and-Price

Representatives  G.K. Butterfield (NC-01) and David Price (NC-04) call the Governor’s decision “unacceptable and unprecedented” noting that it deprives the district’s residents of their constitutionally guaranteed right to representation.

The two Democratic Congressman have written to McCrory urging him to reconsider his decision and adopt a timeline that would cut the vacancy by several months.

The governor has said arranging a special primary, a likely runoff, and a general election for the 12th district seat could cost taxpayers in excess of $1 million.

Watt officially resigned from his congressional seat Monday to become the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

To read the letter by Reps. Butterfield and Price, click below:
12th district letter

One Comment

  1. marcwkohler

    January 11, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    As with all politics in North Carolina, this is a todo about nothing. Arthur Pope, the dictator of North Carolina, has bought his way into power. His power is unlimited. He controls the Legislature, the Courts, and the Executive Branch. His artful gerrymandering has guaranteed the election of pawns to his Kingship, and lackys of the Koch brothers. He and “Governor” McCrory (The quotations are around the the word “Governor”, because he governs nothing) are unstoppable. By the time real opposition takes poer in North Carolina or even the semblance of democracy, Pope and McCrory will in their graves 20 or even 30 years from now. North Carolina has seceded from the Union without firing a shot. Are people dying? You betcha’ due to lack of health care. Are students losing the educations? You betcha, as Pope has cut millions of dollars from education; budgets! Look anywhere in North Carolina, and you will see the tangible results of the Koch brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) strips states of their sovereignty. Note, too that Apple, Google, and Microsoft are strong ALEC supporters. What happened in NC is happening right now in your state, and by the next two voting cycles, ALEC will contral all of the southern states!