RALEIGH – A Political Action Committee known for advancing the legal status and rights of illegal aliens has contributed heavily to Rep. Jon Hardister’s (R-Greensboro) re-election campaign to the NC House. Hardister currently serves as the House Majority Whip.
NC Advocates for Justice, a Political Action Committee (PAC) that contributes to political candidates, donated $2,000 to Hardister, according to reports at the North Carolina Board of Elections.
NCAJ is Leftist social justice organization that supports causes directly opposed to Republican policy prescriptions, and here they are supporting the campaign of an incumbent Republican that is being challenged by conservative former lawmaker Mark McDaniel for the District 59 House seat.
The Leftist non-profit, formerly known as the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, is described by Mapping The Left as “a member of two MTL networks, Democracy NC and Blueprint NC, the notorious organization that is best known for the 2013 strategy memo that directed its members to “eviscerate, mitigate, litigate, cogitate and agitate” the state’s leadership in 2013.”
Among the issues they support are: public financing of judicial campaigns, issuing drivers licenses and permits to illegal immigrants, opposition to the repeal of the Racial Justice Act.
So why is a tool of the political Left supporting Hardister? What votes is he prepared to take, or what issues is he willing to push, that would endear him to such a group?
His website may offer a clue:
“As a member of the NC House, my goal is to work hard to make the right decisions as to what is best for our citizens. Listening to the concerns of my constituents is a top priority. Although I am a Republican, I place the best interest of my constituents above partisan politics.”
When Republicans place pragmatism above principle it is a sure sign that the latter is in danger of being abandoned. Perhaps NCAJ sees an opportunity to work with such a non-partisan, as Hardister essentially describes himself.
It looks like the House Majority Whip has some explaining to do to Republican primary voters in District 59 whom will want answers as to why NCAJ will write Hardister a check for $2,000. Those primary voters are not likely to be enthused by ‘I am a Republican, BUT…’ statements coming from their representative.
After all, they are voting for a Republican, and ideally a Republican that stands on conservative principles. Not a politician that can indebted to a special interest group of the Left.
If he doesn’t support the issues that NCAJ stands for – and what self-respecting Republican would? – he should have no problem returning that $2,000 and reassuring voters that he’s not part of RINO faction of the N.C. House.
Because one thing is clear, Mark McDaniel isn’t likely to garner the support of NCAJ – and that’s a good sign for conservatives.