RALEIGH – Sometimes, when striving toward a goal, you out in the extra work, over prepare, just to make absolutely certain you reach it.
When it comes to the goal of winning a state senate seat, that little bit extra amounts to plopping down $500,000 of your own money to overwhelm the incumbent. At least, that’s what Sam Searcy, a Democrat challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Tamara Barringer in District 17, is doing.
Tamara Barringer has been at risk in her Wake County district for some time. She bucked conservatives (and most of her party at the time) when she capitulated on the issue of House Bill 2 and called for its immediate repeal. Her reasoning indicated that the public smear campaign and business anti-recruitment efforts of the Left, what she referred to as unintended consequences, led her to fold under the media pressure.
Sam Searcy could be construed as relatively conservative Democrat – relative to the increasingly Radical Left, that is. He actually changed his registration to unaffiliated in 2016 in order to vote for Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the primary, citing his Medicaid expansion support. That alone should make people question his political logic.
He made it big after founding a vodka distillery, the success of which enabled him to put down half a million dollars on a state senate race.
While he touts his rags-to-riches story and claims motivations to help the little guy, he also appears quite the aspiring politician. He was running for the 2nd District US House Seat, but dropped out before the primary in order to run for state senate.
A state senate seat may be a little less expensive to buy, after all, than a seat in congress.