CHARLOTTE – When you’re as unpopular as Sen. Thom Tillis (RINO-NC), naturally opposed by the other party and reviled by his own conservative base, it’s only a matter of time before someone smells blood in the water and announces a 2020 bid for the seat he occupies on Capitol Hill.
In what will likely be the first of many announcements to displace Tillis, Mecklenburg County Commissioner Trevor Fuller will make his candidacy for the 2020 U.S. Senate race official next week. Though, he may have some of the same popularity problems that Tillis has.
From the Charlotte Observer:
“Fuller, in his fourth term on the board of commissioners, is a somewhat unlikely Senate hopeful. Few candidates attempt the jump from county politics to Washington, and Fuller is only moderately popular in Mecklenburg – he’s never finished higher than second in his four races for at-large seats. But he would check a few important boxes for statewide voters, including a strong record on progressive issues, such as being the driving force behind Mecklenburg’s universal pre-K initiative.[…]”
Those boxes being checked are NOT for statewide voters, rather they are necessary requirements these days for Democrats hoping to win over the Far Left urban populations that dot the Old North State. This is what the challenges from the Left are going to look like, here in North Carolina, and nationwide, as the Democratic Party eats its own to establish themselves as the most radically Left party in living memory.
Proof that the Democrats, and their media friends, are falling off the Left side of the grid is that they seem to think Tillis is a ‘Right Winger’ merely positioning himself in the center for election time.
“Tillis, for his part, clearly senses the peril he and other Republicans face in 2020 given the unpopularity of Trump in swing states. Already, Tillis is trying to move toward the political center, with a slew of recent statements – and an op-ed in The Hill – attempting to position himself as a moderate in polarized Washington. Will it work? Fuller, and probably several others, will try to find out.”
Make no mistake; Tillis is NOT a conservative. Him ‘trying to move toward the political center’ is like water trying to be wetter. The very reason Tillis is so vulnerable is because his base of political support, Republican voters, has, for the last five years or longer, repeatedly witnessed Tillis blast stubborn conservatives and the ‘Far Right’ in favor of holding hands with Elizabeth Warren and pushing for amnesty for illegals.
This will become presented in full relief if, or when, Tillis gets serious challengers from the right. Dr. Greg Brannon, who narrowly lost the Republican primary to Tillis in 2014, should be looking at his options here. Brannon is a conservative’s conservative, and with Tillis’ woeful lack of popularity among the grassroots, the good doctor would do well to finish the job in 2020. Real conservative representation in Washington is long overdue.
In the meantime, Fuller headlines the Democratic challenge to Tillis. He probably won’t enjoy the spotlight for long, as other, more notable Democrats are bound to jump in what they consider to be an ideal set up for victory and a train ticket to the Swamp.
You can read more about Fuller in the Charlotte Observer here.