Most North Carolina political leaders of both major parties in North Carolina have been responsibly muted and cautious in their response to the recent events in Charlotte. With the notable exception of the very troubled Congressman Robert Pittenger, who seized the opportunity to make an utterly absurd, racist comment last week, others — including Gov. McCrory, Attorney General Cooper and other major statewide candidates — have taken the high road and eschewed the opportunity to pander and demagogue.
And then there are the Internet magpies at the North Carolina Republican Party. On multiple occasions, GOP staffers have issued statements on Twitter that are way over the line. Throughout the last few days, party boss Dallas Woodhouse and his colleague Ricky Diaz have been spewing hateful tweets and incorrect information, offering an almost constant critique of of disfavored officials and spreading rumors of the kind one would expect from some basement dwelling Internet troll.
At times, it seemed last week that scarcely an hour went by in which Woodhouse and/or Diaz weren’t calling people names, attacking Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts in derogatory terms (Woodhouse called her “a disgrace of a mayor”) or attempting to incite anger and outrage.
The bottom line: Let’s hope that in the new week, the GOP staffers take a chill pill, find some inner calm and decency and pipe down. And if they don’t, let’s hope Gov. McCrory — the man who is, in effect, their boss — tells them to shut up.