RALEIGH – That’s what the scoop is from the Daily Haymaker and their well-placed sources. Michelle Nix has served as vice chair of the N.C. Republican Party since her election in 2015, which coincided with the elections, and subsequent coup against, Hassan Harnett as chairman. So what does Nix have her eyes on next?
“It’s been one of the worst kept secrets in NC politics that NCGOP vice-chairman Michele Nix has her eyes on bigger prizes (like, say, the Third Congressional District seat in Washington).
Word is already circulating among NCGOP activists that Nix is laying the groundwork for stepping down from the state GOP’s #2 spot. Tied to that talk is word that Nix is endorsing a candidate to replace her in state GOP leadership: Guilford County GOP’s vice-chairman Tina Forsberg.”
We’ll withhold from forming opinions on Forsberg just yet. Still, the open leadership spot may create an opportunity for some badly needed remodeling in the NCGOP leadership department. No doubt the established power brokers already have a grand plan to get a loyal soldier in that spot, but after the last couple of election cycles featured notable losses for Republicans (and especially conservatives) it’d be worth trying to shake things up.
Now, when it comes to the 3rd Congressional District, Nix would be aiming to replace outgoing incumbent and conservative maverick Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) to represent coastal constituents on Capitol Hill. In doing so, Nix will likely try to sell herself as a conservative, so we’re obliged to remind readers of little social media slip up in which Nix essentially told conservatives to sit down and shut up.
Remember that if and when Nix comes campaigning in your neck of the woods as the conservative candidate to carry the 3rd District’s voice to D.C.
Read more from the Haymaker on Nix’s possible replacement here.