Nathan Click: Voters should hold Bishop accountable for his actions, vote McCready
It’s a troubling time for politics in North Carolina. We have endured extreme partisan and racial gerrymandering, irresponsible polarizing legislation, as well as bribery scandals by corrupt officials in Raleigh. It’s enough to make others question our state’s values. Furthermore, the election fraud in the 9th District congressional race last year has become a national embarrassment.
But it’s more than our reputation that’s been damaged: Our Constitutional right to a representative government is under attack by the very people charged to represent us. Voters of the 9th District have been victimized twice; first by having their fundamental right to vote stolen and again by languishing for nearly a year without representation in Congress. Ballot fraud is a direct assault on our liberty!
Last year, Republican candidate Mark Harris, over the objections of his own son, hired a known criminal who is accused of engaging in widespread ballot fraud and faces criminal charges. In an election decided by just 905 votes, those criminal acts may have been more than enough to steal the election. What’s worse, state and national Republican officials knew what was happening, but turned a blind eye to help their party gain more power.
That’s how Dan Bishop became a congressional candidate. Instead of holding party leadership accountable, he helped change the law; selfishly protecting his party from the likely consequences of their corrupt actions, and creating a way for him to run himself. Any candidate who would ignore the stealing of ballots, discredit those seeking fair elections, and manipulate state law for selfish gain is not worthy to represent North Carolina in Congress.
The fraud in 2018 and its aftermath have revealed a culture of corruption among party leaders. For Bishop and other party officials, those revelations are damning; meanwhile, Dan McCready, who was forced to run yet another race because his original opponent cheated, has continued to campaign with honor and dignity. He’s proven his willingness to fight for the people of his district, especially when the system is rigged against them and him.
The difference between these two candidates could not be more stark and this election cannot be about party loyalty. We must have the resolve to hold those who threaten our democracy accountable, even when they are members of our own party.
That’s why Stand Up Republic’s North Carolina chapter is taking a stand in defense of free and fair elections by opposing Bishop’s candidacy for Congress. As a policy, the organization does not endorse candidates, but it does vigorously oppose threats to the foundational values, norms and institutions that ensure our liberty.
After having one election stolen by fraud, and now almost through a forced do-over race, McCready has demonstrated his commitment to our voting rights. He is a business owner, a combat veteran, and a man of high moral character. Regardless of one’s party alignment, he has lived up to the high standards for public office in a way that Bishop has not come close to matching. Rather, Bishop and his allies in party leadership have failed the test for honorable public service.
As North Carolinians decide how they will vote in the September 10 elections, we will be reaching out across the partisan divide and through every medium to encourage voters to take an honest look at the candidates before them as Americans first and party members second.
The greatness of the United States of America is not about party victories, it’s about government’s accountability to us and the associated strength of our liberties. Chief among them is the right of Americans to choose their own leaders and we must guard that right with all we have. Every North Carolinian, regardless of party, should stand in defense of this fundamental principle in this special election.
Nathan Click is state leader for Stand Up Republic North Carolina. The national Stand Up Republic is a nonprofit and government accountability organization founded by Republicans Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn, who ran for president and vice president in 2016.
Originally published in The Fay Observer.