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Article shines light on state’s strange, Tea Partying Mining Commissioner

In case you missed it, Indy Week’s Billy Ball has a fascinating and disturbing story about the Chairman of North Carolina’s Mining and Energy Commission, Lee County Commissioner Jim Womack.

According to Ball’s story, in addition to his two public roles, Womack is also a fire-breathing, Tea Partying blogger at a website known as “Lee County’s Top Political Blog,” which the article describes as:

“an on-again, off-again haven for like-minded right-wingers to publish manifestos on local, state and national politics. Multiple authors, writing mostly anonymously as Founding Fathers, fire off diatribes that savage their political enemies.”

Ball reports that one author (who many believe to be Womack), writes posts under a number of pseudonyms — including “James Madison.” Here is an excerpt from one such post from September of 2011:

“Did you hear? Our benevolent imperial imam Barack Hussein Obama is coming to North Carolina. Hey Governess Perdue, what are you going to be doing Wednesday? Hanging out with your buddy Barack? That should provide a real lift to your re-election campaign! I’ll bet Pat McCrory is just green with envy.”

When Ball contacted Womack, he refused to confirm or deny if he was “Madison”:

“Sources say Womack has written behind the name of Madison, but Womack, a sharp-tongued West Point graduate and former Pentagon intelligence adviser, is uncharacteristically coy on the subject.

In a brief—and angry—interview with INDY Week Monday afternoon, Womack refused to confirm or deny that he is Madison or that he writes on the site under pseudonyms. Yet he defended the practice by arguing that Founding Fathers—the historical kind—sometimes would write under other names.

‘This is a free country,’ Womack said. ‘People are entitled to assert their own opinions whether they use their own name or a surname. To be honest with you, I don’t care whether some folks like it or others don’t. It doesn’t bother me. It is a form of expression. We have freedom of expression in this country.’

Womack softened his refusal when confronted with a September 2011 comment on the blog in which he—writing under his own name—acknowledged he will ‘occasionally construct a post’ for the blog. Womack’s online admission came after one commenter urged him to reveal his identity.”

You can read Ball’s entire article by clicking here. The guess here is that your reaction will be “yikes!”

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