RALEIGH – Well, now this is really getting interesting. A former congressman, a current congressman, a former governor, and now the current lieutenant governor, Mark Robinson, vying for the 2022 Senate seat being vacated by retiring Richard Burr.
Once again, the sources are speaking to former NCGOP executive director Dallas Woodhouse, informing him of Robinson’s thinking here. From the Carolina Journal:
“Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, a Republican, is thinking seriously about a run for U.S. Senate in 2022 and plans to announce his decision within days, multiple sources tell Carolina Journal.
Robinson has contacted other major candidates also expected to run for the seat of retiring Sen. Richard Burr.
CJ has obtained a copy of polling questions for a survey apparently commissioned by people close to Robinson. One question asks whether voters would be more or less likely to vote for him so soon into his term. Another asks whether they think teachers are indoctrinating students on how to think about religion, politics, and social issues. CJ doesn’t have results from the poll, which also asks those surveyed how often they attend church, as well as their level of support for former President Trump. […]”
This makes the race exponentially more interesting for a few reasons. One, it pits the hottest grassroots conservative, fresh off of a big statewide victory, against several other big names; it would necessarily split the conservative faction away from other ostensibly conservative candidates like Walker; and, if Robinson ran, it could easily blow up any plans the Establishment had to lock up this Senate seat as well as the gubernatorial race in 2024.
The Chamber of Commerce factions, big donor circles, and milquetoast Republicans like politicians that ‘play ball.’ They disapprove of candidates that are guided by a rigid set of principles that won’t allow them to bend for this special interest, or that. They cringe if a politician speaks passionately and focuses on social issues, religiosity, or moral values.
Yet those are exactly the kind of candidates that have animated the conservative Republican base, created enthusiasm where apathy is aplenty, and demonstrated just how a powerful defense of American values and inalienable rights in the face of Woke Cultural Revolution and Corporatism can lead a powerful movement of voters.
Robinson is that kind of man — a man of the people — and while the Establishment class of career politicians and the cronies at their elbow may not like it, the People certainly would.
We’ll follow up on Robinson’s intentions once they become clear. In the meantime, read more about the factory worker, turned viral hit, turned lieutenant governor who seems completely unafraid to speak truth to power here.