Why did State Board of Elections approve local elections official who posted hateful speech? (Updated)

Kudos to citizen journalist Greg Flynn for pointing out on Twitter today the recent and outrageous appointment of Rowan County businessman and former Housing Board Chairman Mac Butner to the Rowan County Board of Elections. As Flynn reported this morning, Butner said the following on Facebook in 2013:











The post still appears on Butner’s Facebook page. The national political site Wonkette reported last July (caution: the website uses language some may find offensive) that Butner has made other hateful statements on Facebook — including racially charged comments about Moral Monday protesters — that were later taken down. The Salisbury Post has more on those comments in this story from last summer.

According to an article from last Friday in the Post, Butner was selected for his new job by local GOP officials and approved by the state Board of Elections (the members of which, of course, report to Gov. McCrory). Two weeks ago, McCrory helped force the resignation of state Board member Paul Foley because of some ethical issues. In the present case, it’s hard to see how he can avoid taking similar action.

[According to a tweet posted yesterday by Salisbury Post Politics/County government reporter Josh Bergeron, Butner has actually been made chair of the Board.]


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    July 28, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Definitely poorly worded. Putting the truth out there in a less inflammatory manner would have been better. But at least until the last sentence he was on a roll.

  2. Gene Hoglan

    July 29, 2015 at 8:16 am


  3. John

    July 30, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Apparently, to be appointed chair of the Rowan County Board of Elections you must demonstrate your allegiance to the Confederacy and a have a record of upholding white values. These will prove to be important attributes when it comes time to certify final vote counts and approve provisional ballots.

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