RALEIGH – Democrat North Carolina Senator Sam Searcy, representing District 17 in Wake County, is resigning after reelection and endorsing a losing state house incumbent to replace him. Searcy, founder of Bedlam Vodka, told the press he is resigning to serve “the state of North Carolina in some capacity,” presumably with the Cooper administration.
The successful businessman, while loyal to the Democrat caucus, was not altogether radical by today’s Woke standards. So what about his replacement?
Cooper, too, gets to appoint Searcy’s successor on advice from district leaders, but the coronation has already been scheduled for one Sydney Batch. Batch, an attorney, represents the overlapping N.C. House District 37, but not for long. The comparatively Woke Democrat, who laughed at Rep. Steve Scalise getting shot in a mass political assassination attempt by a crazed Bernie Bro, lost her 2020 election to Republican small-business woman Erin Pare.
Now Batch has another chance to push the Left’s agenda, as Cooper looks forward to adjusting his line up, so to speak, in the N.C. Senate.
The governor says she’ll “be a great senator,” meaning the district can expect Batch to back up Cooper and whatever Leftist push he’s engaged in at that moment, whether it’s expanding Medicaid or fighting for the social justice issue du jour. With the added credibility, in terms of the Left’s identity politics, of being a progressive black woman, she may court more attention in the Senate than during her one term in the House.
Not that the shuffling of the deck will do much for the Senate Democrats in the end. Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) is back with a strong majority and the Republicans shouldn’t have much trouble passing bills out of either chamber come 2021. However, the trouble with overriding the inevitable vetoes from Cooper, though somewhat lessened after 2020 elections, will remain, as Republicans fall just short of the veto-proof majority.