It may be that stories of NCGOP infighting are all starting to run together for you. They're funny, but even Seinfeld got old after a while. Here's a chunk from a story over at the NCDP website, but below the fold I want to suggest that there is more than entertainment value to these stories.
A sworn affidavit forwarded to the state Board of Elections claims that state Republican Party chairman Ferrell Blount tried to pressure Rep. Stephen LaRoque, R-Lenoir, into donating $500 to the primary opponent of Rep. Richard Morgan, R-Moore. When LaRoque refused during a Feb. 17 meeting, Blount turned to the man who ultimately filed to run against him in the May primary, Willie Ray Starling, and stated, "Willie Ray, go file."
Ok, so here's the bigger picture. Stories like these are legion. We've only been compiling them here at BlueNC for a short while, but a seasoned Raleigh politico could publish a book in several volumes. At some point it is fair to ask: how can they run the state if they can't even run their own party?
These tales of backstabbing and intrigue do not paint a picture of a party focused on issues and good governance. They show a core group of petulant idiologues bent on eradicating those with whom they disagree. That's not a mentality I would want running the state even if were being espoused by people who share my general political sensibilities.
"What about Jim Black?" What about him. He'll be gone soon, and not because Republicans forced him out. He'll step down because it's the right thing to do, and members of his party and citizens like us have asked him to. He'll do it so that the party of good governance can get on with the work at hand.
I don't mean to be soapboxy, but I find the NCGOP Purity Squad offensive and counter-majoritarian. And I think they've compiled a record that makes it easy for us to make the argument that they aren't serious about what's best for North Carolina.