Despite the narrative being pushed by North Carolina Democrats and their liberal allies in the media, top Conservative lawmakers in North Carolina are insisting that they have no plans, whatsoever, to expand the state’s Supreme Court.
The liberal narrative that Conservative lawmakers wanted to expand the Supreme Court to 9 Justices, which they have the authority to do under state law, in order to regain a Conservative majority is being pushed across the state.
“We have never really talked about it at all,” said Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett), the House Rules Committee chairman. “There has been no talk that I’m aware of among leadership about doing that.”
Even WRAL’s own liberal reporter Mark Binker admitted that the “court packing scheme” narrative originated completely from “liberal politicos and news outlets,” despite beginning his piece with a lede suggesting it came from the left and the right.
Liberals regained a 4-3 majority in the North Carolina Supreme Court after Wake County Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan’s defeat of incumbent Justice Bob Edmunds.
In the 10 days since that race was decided, a plan for Republicans in the General Assembly to use it’s Super Majority to add to two new Justices to the Supreme Court, increasing the total number of Justices to 9 and giving Conservatives a 5-4 majority, has made it’s way through the political rumor mill in Raleigh.
When asked about the rumor, Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger remarked, “”While we do not make a habit of commenting on rumors, there have been no caucus discussions about this issue.”
“I think it’s idle chatter. I haven’t heard anything about it from any official channel,” said Rep. Mitchell Setzer (R-Catawba), echoing the same sentiment as every Republican on record.
Setzer and other lawmakers did admit, however, that they’ve been receiving emails from constituents about the matter, but they have not discussed, even informally, actually following through with a plan.