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Rep. Jimmy Dixon breaks the crass-o-meter: Farm families “raped” by Texas lawyers

 

Rep. Jimmy Dixon: His guest column is riddled with offensive references to rape. (Photo: NCGA)

Rep. Jimmy Dixon of Duplin County is notorious for eructing coarse pronouncements and unfounded accusations in public. For example, during one committee meeting , the Duplin County Republican recommended Gov. Cooper get a “spanking” and in another, claimed the Cape Fear public utility was politicizing levels of GenX in Wilmington’s drinking water.

But his recent rant about the hog nuisance lawsuits has broken the crass-o-meter. His casual and inappropriate use of the term “rape”  diminishes the traumatic experience of actual sexual assault victims.

“How do you feel knowing you allowed the Texas lawyers to rape these [farm] families?” Dixon wrote, calling out law firm Wallace and Graham in a guest column published in the News-Argus of Goldsboro. (The piece is not online, but the paper confirmed its publication.)

Dixon posted a longer version of his offensive diatribe on Facebook, at 12:34 a.m. on June 30, with more references to rape: “Does it feel any different than when you raped the Kinlaw family? Probably not because you are getting ready to economically rape all the other families you have sued.”

Wallace and Graham, based in Salisbury, hired a Dallas-based attorney Michael Kaeske to argue the plaintiffs’ cases in federal court. Murphy-Brown, the defendant, is represented by McGuireWoods, which is headquartered in Virginia and has offices not only in Raleigh, but also internationally, including Beijing and Brussels.

Murphy-Brown has lost both cases, with juries awarding millions of dollars in compensatory and punitive damages to neighbors of industrialized hog farms.

Dixon continued his sexually obsessed prose, using the word “pimping,” while questioning Wallace and Graham’s expenses, of which he has no direct knowledge. “Have you shared with those good black neighbors of these frightened hard-working family farmers how much your expenses are going to be? Probably not. Because you know when they find out they are going to realize just how badly you have raped and prostituted them for your greedy benefit.”

He also criticized US District Court Senior Judge Earl Britt for allowing the cases to be heard. “He doesn’t have his thumb on the scales. His sorry ass is sitting on the scales!”

Dixon himself is a turkey farmer but is a close friend of the hog industry. In the first quarter of the year, half of Dixon’s $81,775 in campaign contributions came from agribusiness. He received $37,150 from various individual farmers and agribusinessmen and $5,200 from Smithfield, which owns Murphy-Brown. (This coziness could help explain one of Dixon’s parting shots: “I hope Smithfield has the moral courage to tell you skunks that they are going to fight you till hell freezes over!!!”)

And McGuireWoods — yes, that McGuireWoods — gave Dixon $1,000 on May 4, about a week after Murphy-Brown lost its first nuisance case.

Jimmy Dixon Editorial by Lisa Sorg on Scribd

5 Comments


  1. Kathleen Gallagher

    July 3, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Representative Dixon is an embarrassment to North Carolina. He needs to resign.

  2. Lee Brock

    July 6, 2018 at 6:30 am

    He speaks the truth !!! These people will recieve only a small sum of $$$$

  3. Kenny Maready

    July 10, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    The man spoke the truth and will get my vote AGAIN !

  4. Grady Houston

    July 10, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Representative Dixon speaks the truth. The ignorance of farming is horrendous. No one realizes where there food comes from anymore, and the hard work that comes with growing and raising these farms. I am sure the plaintiffs are still eating bacon and porkchops.
    Dixon is a fine man, loves his family, stands up for what is right, and actually has the balls to speak what is on his mind, without worrying if it will offend all the pansies our State and Nation is now producing.

    His term of being “raped” is true. These out of state lawyers have come and taken away people’s livlihoods. People who follow every Environmental Protection Agency law there is, and follow all rules and regulations, and then there farm is ripped out from under them because someone-who has been living there for 20+ years beside the farm, mind you-now has a problem with the farm.

    I am proud to be a NC citizen and proud of representative Dixon.

  5. Debby Scott

    July 12, 2018 at 6:38 am

    The definition of rape to which Rep. Dixon is referring to is, as defined in the on-line website of the Merrill-Webster dictionary, is NOT sexual rape.

    Instead, his use of the word rape, I believe, is being used in the context of an “outrageous violation.”

    Definition of rape

    1 : unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against a person’s will or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent because of mental illness, mental deficiency, intoxication, unconsciousness, or deception — compare sexual assault, statutory rape
    2 : an outrageous violation
    3 : an act or instance of robbing or despoiling or carrying away a person by force

    AND, if ALL you gleamed from Rep. Dixon’s article was your thoughts on his use of the word rape…..well, you just missed the whole point of his words.

    Your bias against the writer of the article overshadows any concern you might have for the human subjects, the hog farmers, who are feeling the affects of the “outrageous violations” brought forth by the crase lawsuits of those, who like you, know not of which they speak!

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