RALEIGH – There have been a growing number of Republican state lawmakers, mostly of the conservative type, that have announced they would not run for reelection, or actually resigning, after the new redistricting plans were released in late summer. Now it is the turn of Rep. Susan Martin (R-Wilson) to bow out after being double-bunked with an eight-term Democrat in their new shared district.
“I decided to run for office to make a difference for families,” Martin said in a statement. “I have loved serving the citizens of Wilson and Pitt counties and look forward to continuing to affect change.”
Martin co-chairs the House Committee on Commerce and Job Development, as well as the House Committee on Finance. She has been a reliable conservative on pro-family issues, as well as economic and tax issues.
Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) had said of Martin’s decision that, “Her steadfast voice on behalf of families in Wilson and Pitt counties will be missed by her colleagues in the General Assembly and all North Carolinians who deserve the hard work and strong character she embodies as a legislative leader.”
And he’s right; we do deserve leaders that will work hard to affect conservative change in Raleigh. You would think that, if legislative leaders really believed held such sentiment, that would be better accomplished by actually keeping those voices in the General Assembly.
Instead, the redistricting process has revealed a pattern of throwing conservative leaders like Rep. Chris Millis (R-Pender) and Sen. Bill Cook (R-Beaufort) under the bus. More often than not, it is conservatives getting a new left leaning district or being drawn out of their district altogether.
While conservatives have their fingers crossed that Republicans will continue to hold majorities in the General Assembly that enable further tax reductions and limited government reforms, if they continue to moderate their caucus through attrition they will earn the same ire from the base that the Swamp-dwelling Republicans in D.C. currently enjoy.