NC-09 – Republican Mark Harris has made one public statement after revelations of apparent election fraud on his behalf came to light. In that recorded statement he assured that he was completely unaware of any wrongdoing, and was cooperating with the investigation to the fullest extent. He even stated that a new election would be warranted should the amount of proven fraud be enough to change the result of the election.
New information is calling into question the crux of that statement – that he was unaware of any wrongdoing.
From the Washington Post:
“North Carolina congressional candidate Mark Harris (R) directed the hiring of a campaign aide now at the center of an election-fraud investigation, according to three individuals familiar with the campaign, despite warnings that the operative may have used questionable tactics to deliver votes.
Harris sought out the operative, Leslie McCrae Dowless, after losing a 2016 election in which Dowless had helped one of Harris’s opponents win an overwhelming share of the mail-in vote in a key county.
State and local investigators say that whether Harris knew that his campaign may have engaged in improper tactics has become a focus of the expanding probes into whether election irregularities affected the 9th District election, in which Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes.
That question is also roiling the state Republican Party, whose leaders had rallied around Harris, a 52-year-old evangelical pastor from the suburbs of Charlotte. Party leaders are now backing away from Harris and trying to limit the fallout of a scandal that has delayed certification of the last undecided federal contest of the 2018 election cycle.”