RALEIGH – N.C. House Representative David Lewis (R-Harnett), an influential figure in the General Assembly and chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee, has resigned effective immediately as reports surface that he faces multiple federal charges.
— Nick Ochsner (@NickOchsnerWBTV) August 20, 2020
According the Oschner/WBTV, two charges were filed in federal court in Charlotte Thursday, one for making false statements to a bank and the other for not filing a tax return. Now, if those charges, which reports suggest Lewis will plead guilty to, seem a little…weird…it’s likely because they represent what’s left after a plea deal was arranged in lieu of facing significantly more serious charges.
Indeed, Lewis surprised many with the July announcement that he’d be retiring at the end of his term. The Office of Speaker Tim Moore announced in early August that Rep. Destin Hall (R-Caldwell) would be assuming the role of Rules Committee Chairman, which Lewis held for years.
So, this has been festering for quite sometime, and is only now let out of the bag.
The curiosity on most observers minds will be what kind of original charges did Lewis face before the plea deal, and who else might be mixed up in whatever it is. It’d be difficult to believe whatever it was did not involve, at least tangentially, other lawmakers or political figures.
For what it’s worth, though, no one else has announced surprise retirements.
While Democrats and the Leftist politicos in North Carolina are celebrating with glee at the news that a Republican lawmaker is facing federal charges, they aren’t alone. PLENTY of grassroots conservative Republicans have their own issues with Lewis’ track record in Raleigh, along with other select and suspect lawmakers.
We’ll share more as this story develops.