From Nathan Babcock at the NC Chamber: the race for NC House District 115 in Buncombe County was the fourth most expensive in the entire state (both NC House and NC Senate races) at $3.1 million, my opponent and his allies accounted for over 85% of that total. Despite being outspent 5:1 in a district that doesn't favor either political party (a pure toss up district) we came within less than 500 votes of winning, that's pretty incredible. Also even more impressive considering that US Senator Kay Hagan won this district over US Senator Elect Thom Tillis by just over five points. Thanks to everyone's hard work, we almost overcame this overwhelming disparity! That's only because of all the hard work you did during the campaign!
Thanks to the folks that paid to run this ad in this week's Black Mountain News! Just saw it this evening and I'm overwhelmed by your kindness! I don't know who you are but it's an incredible feeling that you would do this even though I wasn't successful in the election! Many talk about how harsh serving in elected office can be today but the honor of serving is that for every criticism you may receive, there are many, in some cases those that don't even vote for you, who are praying for you and who genuinely respect the effort of doing your best each day for the people you represent.
Thanks to everyone for the opportunity to serve you for the past two years in the NC House! May God bless Representative Elect Ager as his fulfills his legislative responsibilities serving Buncombe County in the NC General Assembly!
All gave some, some gave all, thanks to our veterans for defending our freedoms! Robin's late father, Jack Wilson, was a Pearl Harbor survivor and career US Navy sailor, here's a picture of the crew of the USS Maryland near the end of WWII. The USS Maryland was docked at Battleship Row when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and Mr. Wilson was a very young teenage sailor on the ship during that madness.
My neighbor writes a letter in today's ACT regarding my comments on election night that I was outspent 7:1. My intent was not to disparage my opponent in any way, only to state the political reality that if you (regardless of partisan affiliation) are outspent in a campaign by that margin in an even district, most likely you won't be successful. If you recall seeing the nonstop TV ads targeting myself and two other legislators since late August plus the over 30 direct mail ...flyers that arrived in your mailbox, independent groups spent around $2.5 million attacking me. When added to the other side's campaign spending, the total is around $2.8 million. That's how the 7:1 ratio was derived. During the campaign, I repeatedly said John and his family are good people and I wish them well. Like all of my neighbors, John and his family have made many positive contributions to our community. I've never said otherwise despite what some say about me. May God bless John during his service to Buncombe County in the NC General Assembly! The campaign is over and now is the time for our state to work together to help move our community and NC forward!
With the most awesome people in the whole wide world, you guys are like the Marines! I love you all and will never forget how hard you worked for our team! And "we are never, ever ever getting back together, you go talk to your friends, talk to my friends talk to me . . . like ever . . .!"
Wish Representative Elect Ager and Representative Elect Turner all the best as they serve the people of Buncombe County! And sincerely appreciate Buncombe County Commission Chairman David Gantt's kind words about me in this article. I understand that Mayor Mannheimer and Chairman Gantt's partisan views would support the election of candidates from their party. But for the first time in history, Buncombe County will not have a legislator in the majority party in the NC Hous...e. It is challenging enough to pass legislation when you are a member of the majority. It's far more difficult in the minority. State Senator Tom Apodaca is now the only member from Buncombe County who will be in the majority and he serves in the powerful role as Senate Rules Chair. Those interviewed in this article failed to mention legislation passed to help AB Tech, Buncombe County Schools, local brewers, GE Aviation, I-26 Connector, or other important bills passed in 2013-14 to help our community. Without Rep. Moffitt's work, none of these bills would have passed. Some including the Mayor may disagree, but NC is not going to allow involuntary annexation and ETJ or change course on the matters the Mayor disagrees with under the current majority in Raleigh. Hopefully our legislators will reach across partisan lines to pass legislation helpful for our community. Both John and Brian have a difficult job before them and they need our prayers and support as they begin this new role. May God bless them and their families and keep them safe on the travels from home to Raleigh! It's been a tremendous honor serving you and now its up to others to work on behalf of our community!
Diva is taking credit for Speaker Thom Tillis victory for the US Senate yesterday! Diva and Senator elect Tillis are buddies! Guess Diva couldn't get me another 493 votes if she were the candidate it would have been no contest! Everyone at the General Assembly in Raleigh loves Diva, she has ultimate bipartisan appeal! Not many people in Raleigh will miss me but they'll definitely miss Diva and the NC State "Howling Cow" ice cream!