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Right-wing website questions whether congressional map machinations are designed to help Phil Berger, Jr.

Berger_Jr.-and-Sr.There are many reasons to take the often-venomous claims made on the right-wing website known as the Daily Haymaker with a large grain of salt. That said, the person behind it — a fellow named Brant Clifton — clearly has connections inside the House and Senate Republican caucuses at the General Assembly and is more than happy to use the site to blast GOP powers that be.

This morning, Clifton published a story in which he offers a plausible explanation for some of the puzzling details of the new congressional map emerging on Jones Street. When Clifton connects the dots, he concludes that the new 6th district is tailor-made for Phil Berger, Jr.

Not only has the map been drawn in such a way that the current 6th District Representative, Mark Walker (the guy who beat Berger in a bitter 2014 primary), can now run in the redrawn 13th, but the honorables are also advancing a new law that makes clear that one can run in the June congressional primary even if one has already secured a nomination for another office in the March primary. This would benefit Berger, Jr. who is running for the Court of Appeals in March.

This is the conclusion to the post:

“If all of those chips fall into place, and Berger files for the 6th in a June primary, he has a fallback. Junior is challenging Judge Linda Stephens for her seat on the Court of Appeals.  Under this new rule, he could still file for the 6th congressional district while remaining a candidate for the Court of Appeals.  If he wins the congressional primary in June, he has to choose whether he wants to go forward to November as a congressional candidate or judicial candidate.

IF this chaos was initiated for the purpose of obtaining gainful employment for Phil Berger, Jr., it’s an outrage.  (Of course, according to the legislation, this all goes out the window if the Supreme Court should overturn or stay the lower court’s ruling on our current districts.)  

Let’s see if Junior steps up to file for Congress. (Or if any ”honorables” from Jones Street do the same.) 

Once again, it shows that no matter which party you put in charge — the main focus is self-promotion and self-preservation at the expense of the rest of us.”

We (and, no doubt, a lot of other folks) will be  watching closely. You can read Clifton’s entire post by clicking here.

One Comment


  1. Gene Hoglan

    February 19, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Well that would go a long way toward explaining why Holding announced today he’s gonna primary Ellmers.

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