WASHINGTON, D.C. – Conservative Review is out with its conservative scorecard for each and every member of congress, and when it comes to the North Carolina delegation there are some bright spots, as well as some black holes that seriously hold the Old North State, and the nation for that matter, back.
Tillis ranks as the least conservative Republican member of the N.C. delegation. No real surprise there. Tillis may even try to use his embarrassing scores to bolster his proud RINO image. How are those outcomes working for you, Thom?
It’s not all bad though. We do have some respectable conservative leaders and voting records among our delegation.
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Ted Budd (R-13) tops the list with a perfect score of 100. Only seven other House members share a perfect score.
Mark Meadows (R-11) is a close second with a 95. As Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, Meadows has done yeoman’s work to bring the conservative wing of the House into a position of consequence.
Walter Jones (R-3) comes in third at 87, making it pretty hard for his primary challengers to come at him from the Right, despite his votes against tax cuts.
Patrick McHenry (R-10), with a score of 50, is the most liberal Republican of the U.S. House. That’s what happens when you suck up to the Establishment in order to advance your career politician status. McHenry started his tenure in the House on pretty solid conservative footing, but his Napoleon complex must have got the better of him, succumbing to the Swamp for the sake of power and prestige.
Robert Pittenger (R-9), who used to occupy the most liberal House member from N.C. spot , scored 55, and edged out McHenry. Pittenger is in trouble in his primary against Mark Harris, who is no prize either.
McHenry and Pittenger are the only two N.C. Republicans in the House to earn F-ratings, as it were.
And then there’s our senators.
Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis can’t even see the top from their lowly rankings. Burr scores a 40, and Tillis a 39, making them both a good measure more liberal than even the most liberal NC GOP House members. RINO was never a misguided smear with these two, it was an accurate depiction of just how much they abandon the conservative cause and roll over for Leftists pushing Big Government.
Topping the Senators were Mike Lee of Utah (with a score of 100), Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Ted Cruz of texas, and Rand Paul of Kentucky – of course.
Joining Tillis near the bottom were the likes of Lindsey Grahamnesty of South Carolina and John McCain, both with a score of 35.
Overall, it’s good to have a strong showing from rookies like Ted Budd and demonstrated conservative leadership from Mark Meadows.
However, others like Burr and McHenry may have some Establishment titles, but they are selling out conservatives to get them. Hopefully voters can replace the retiring Burr with a bonafide conservative, and McHenry will be ripe for a primary challenge as with his low score credentials. It goes without saying that Tillis needs to hit the road and take his puppies and popcorn with him.
Overall, if North Carolina is truly going to be First in Freedom, we need to fill out this list with top scorers. Alas, with federal courts talking ‘partisan gerrymanders’ regarding our congressional districts, having solid and defensible conservatives sooner rather than later is of utmost importance.