Patrick McHenry, dissuaded with the fact that he can't come up with anything to beat back recent photos made public by Mike Rogers/Brandon Greeson, has now taken his time to begin inventing letters and insinuating that Cass Ballenger, his predecessor, is senile (though he voted for McHenry).
The story starts when suddenly, out of the blue, the former Congressman decided to endorse Lance Sigmon over Patrick McHenry. In the Republican camp, that's known as "suicide", partially because Patrick McHenry will sic every single person he can on you- and that's exactly what he did. Seeing the signed/dated letter, McHenry claimed it was fake (and insinuated it was forged)... until Ballenger heard about it and made a Phone Advertisement for Sigmon (Recording in the YouTube video). Wuh oh. So what does McHenry do? Falsify his own letters!
That's right. Patrick McHenry claims to have a signed and dated letter from Ballenger demanding that Sigmon stop using his name for all endorsements- and the letter was apparently signed the same day that Ballenger recorded this phone message for Lance. It gets better: apparently, this is all coming from Ballenger's old District Director Tommy Luckadoo, an ardent McHenry supporter, and the only people who have this letter are the McHenry for Congress team. That's right: McHenry claims he has a letter from Ballenger demanding that Sigmon do something, but the Sigmon campaign doesn't even know about it. Whoops.
The big question that McHenry supporters threw around for a while (before they invented this letter) was if Cass Ballenger was senile or not. Unfortunately for them, Ballenger voter for McHenry before he changed his mind, so either way, the Republicans have to pretend the man is at least competent lest either of them look abusive or otherwise stupid. Some of my good connections say Ballenger is just fine, but who knows.
Naturally, Johnson and Ivester have stayed far away from this time bomb. Johnson's been getting endorsements like he's racking up points in a Basketball game, and Ivester's been working his rear end off making sure that his signature signs are on virtually every street corner in the District. Someone's been pulling up signs and replacing them with McHenry signs around my area, but I've been replacing them as I can, and I encourage everyone else to do the same.
Also, a note from the rumor mill- apparently one of my good friends in Hickory says that he saw Luckadoo kick over a Daniel Johnson and Lance Sigmon sign and stomp on it at the intersection where Checkers is. While I honestly don't give a rat's rear end about Sigmon's electric blue signs, doing that to Johnson's signs is just childish. Then again, what can you expect from a McHenry supporter?
Update: McHenry's got Tommy "I like to kick and stomp signs" Luckadoo making robo-calls all over the 10th (including to my house, why do they think I'm a Republican?) claiming Sigmon is misquoting Ballenger or something. I've never heard a politician try to say someone was misquoted in a direct audio soundbyte, but hey, for Patrick McHenry, the rules don't apply.