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The Buncombe GOP chair shared some interesting thoughts with the Asheville Citizen-Times’ John Boyle. Here’s an excerpt; for the full article click the link.
I thought maybe, just maybe, Chad Nesbitt would be just a wee tad chastened by Tuesday’s election results.
After all, it wasn’t exactly a red letter day for the Buncombe County Republican Party, which lost two North Carolina House seats and one Senate seat to the Dems, not to mention the sheriff and district attorney races.
But Nesbitt, the chairman of the party — and the guy who notoriously drove a commercial street sweeper up and down College Street as Democrats headed to early voting — showed no signs of regret when I talked to him Thursday.
“Absolutely not,” said Nesbitt, who’s been party chairman for nine months and is well-known for outrageous statements. “I’d do it again in a heartbeat. It was a lot of fun for the Republican Party, but also a lot of fun for conservative Democrats.”
He touted the victories of Republicans Tim Moffitt, who whomped incumbent Jane Whilden, and Lisa Baldwin, who won a seat on the Buncombe County school board, as evidence of Republican enthusiasm.
To me, that seems a little thin for crowing, especially when Nesbitt essentially predicted a big-time sweep was coming.
Maybe I just misread the symbolism. At any rate, I never look for humility out of Nesbitt.
I asked him if he thought this election was a missed opportunity for Buncombe Republicans, considering the party conquered the state House for the first time in 130 years and took back control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
That got him all fired up.
“Sure we missed some opportunities, but let me tell you — and this is on the record — there are some dumb people in Buncombe, some of the dumbest people on the planet,” Nesbitt said.
“For them to go and vote someone back to office who took her family to Hawaii on the public dime, that’s unbelievable. And I can tell you where the dumbest of the dumb people came from — Montford.”
He was referring, of course, to Democrat Susan Fisher, who handily defeated Republican Challenger John Carroll. Fisher was one of the airport board members who came under fire for taking a trip to Hawaii paid for mostly with airport revenues.