RALEIGH – In the world of politics, there is a relatively limited pool of campaign staffers, consultants, and aides that are viable (or not) on account of partisan affiliation, but also the more nuanced factions within political party machines.
For instance, MAGA candidates may want to ensure their campaigns are staffed out with bona fide MAGA aides. Similarly, albeit with a longer track record, Establishment GOP-blessed candidates tend to employ Establishment GOP consultants, and Establishment GOP fundraisers and staffers.
These distinctions become especially important in a big, high profile, primaries of high consequence. The 2022 U.S. Senate primaries in North Carolina definitely fit that distinction, and with three big players in that primary, some context about the motive forces behind their campaigns can be instructive.
A politically engaged First in Freedom Daily reader had this top of mind when they forwarded a letter from ‘Congressman’ Ted Budd inviting them to sponsor a fundraiser, and teasing that, by the time the date rolls around, it could very likely be a ‘Budd for Senate’ event.
Such a letter is standard practice for fundraising and connecting documented donors to political candidates. As such, it wasn’t the solicitation that raised the recipient’s eyebrows; it was who sent the letter that caught the reader’s interest. The red flag stood out especially in context of recent rumblings about scheming by Establishment GOP fixtures working hard to elect candidates that ‘play ball’ and sink the more renegade or independent candidates, the likes of which were epitomized by Donald Trump.
Budd’s finance director, who sent that fundraising letter, is Mary Comer, and the recipient though it might be instructive to know who Comer previously worked for:
Consider the political campaign customs described above as you note that Budd’s finance director, who is openly teasing the impending Senate run, previously worked to raise money for one Richard Burr.
Would staffers and operatives working for Senator Burr strike you as coming from the more conservative, MAGA-esque pool of politicos?
Or, would you say, that the ecosystem of power brokers around Burr is likely more akin to a GOP Establishment that wishes President Trump never happened, and work diligently to prevent a repeat?
Do such connections give any credence to the rumors that Budd’s impending Senate candidacy is motivated by more than his desire to reach the upper chamber of congress? It’s a good question, and one most Republican primary voters in North Carolina should concern themselves with as these campaigns pick up steam and contest for your vote.