RALEIGH – The Ninth Congressional District special election victory was hard fought by Republican Dan Bishop. In a race that seemingly could have gone either way, Republicans (especially in Union County) came out in force to ensure they’d be represented in congress by the ‘Right Dan.’ That representation will also extend to the U.S. House committees on Homeland Security and Small Business, it turns out, as Bishop has been assigned to both.
Bishop announced the appointments and expressed excitement at being able to work on some of the district’s and the nation’s top priorities:
“North Carolina has one of the fastest growing economies in the United States and I’m eager to get to work on the Small Business Committee pushing policies that cut red tape and help NC-09’s job creators flourish. Top priorities on the Homeland Security Committee will be securing our border and ensuring the prompt and effective distribution of disaster relief and capacities to respond to future natural disasters.”
Now, committee assignments are not just handed out to anyone. Typically caucus leadership uses the assignments as leverage to maintain Establishment control. Some have suggested Bishop’s assignments could indicate an early allegiance to the Establishment camp versus the Freedom Caucus wing. Notably, the other new Republican member of our congressional delegation, Congressman Greg Murphy has not announced any assignments. Murphy aligned himself directly with the Freedom Caucus during his campaign in eastern North Carolina.
Could be; but an examination Bishop’s record in the N.C. Senate would imply that Bishop ia apt to step up to fight for conservative causes when it matters most. Bishop was never the loudest member in the chamber, but on issues of great importance he stood tall to promote conservative, common sense principles. He has a sharp legal mind, a skill for oratory, and a track record of literally writing the bills that the Left hates most.
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Hopefully that is the kind of congressman the Ninth District got when they elected Bishop. If not, the conservatives across the that district will be sure to let him know it.