In North Carolina's 9th congressional district, Dr. Mark Harris, a pastor who defeated incumbent Rep. Robert Pittinger to secure the nomination of the GOP, is running against Democrat candidate Dan McCready, who is being funded by out-of-state interests.
|Dr. Mark Harris|
On paper, McCready has a sterling resume. He served in the U.S. Marines, joining after the 9/11 attacks and leading a cadre of troops in the Iraq War. After arriving back in the United States, McCready launched a solar farm business and an artisan goods website, giving him the entrepreneurial credentials that do hold weight in the Trump era.
However, whatever his possible biographical qualifications, a column by former mayoral candidate Kenny Smith explained that McCready has undeniable -- and potentially fatal -- political inconsistencies.
For one, McCready stated that he will not support current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) if she runs for speaker of the House. However, McCready accepted $227,600 in funding from Pelosi's PAC, "the most outside spending by any group so far in North Carolina congressional races," per a report in The Charlotte Observer.
The buzz is that if the the Democrats take the House, the newly-elected members will buck Pelosi in the initial intra-party vote, where she only needs 51% of her caucus in order to advance. This will allow the new members, a grouping that would include McCready (if he were to win), to maintain that they didn't support Pelosi, thereby honoring their campaign promises.
However, the new members can then back Pelosi in the full House vote for speaker, a move that would better align with the bribes that they took from the minority leader's PAC.
McCready, essentially, is being primed to be a Pelosi supporter in the full floor vote (despite his lukewarm protestations).
McCready's acceptance of Pelosi cash also betrays a larger issue with his fundraising habits: He is partially reliant on out-of-state dollars. According to Spectrum News Charlotte, only 62% of McCready's funds come from North Carolina; on the other hand, 88% of Harris' donations are made by individuals, businesses, and organizations within the state.
In addition, McCready, who likes to straddle the line and offer no specifics, has wavering positions on protection of the 2nd Amendment and on tax reform. A report in The Charlotte Observer offered several examples:
- "McCready says he supports 'common-sense' gun reforms, such as comprehensive background checks and closing any loopholes that allow buyers to bypass them. But he’s also quick to note his experience with guns."
- "Immigration and Customs Enforcement shouldn’t be abolished, McCready said, and immigration reform 'should include securing our borders to stop illegal immigration.'"
Kenny Smith also questioned McCready's intellectual honesty, specifically hitting him on his ambivalence with regards to taxes. Smith wrote,
On tax policy, McCready’s web site states, 'He will work to simplify the tax code, streamline duplicative regulations, and cut taxes for middle-class families, not just the ultra-wealthy.' The Trump tax bill achieved much of McCready’s stated goal. Not one Democrat in Nancy Pelosi’s House caucus voted to support the bill, and she has said they would work to repeal the tax cuts next year. Will McCready buck leadership or vote with the other Democrats? Will Harris align him with Pelosi’s position that the law should be repealed, raising taxes on millions of America’s working families? Where does Dan stand?
On the other hand, Dr. Mark Harris, who also has excellent credentials, is committed to constitutional conservative principles. After a spiritual revelation prior to starting law school, Harris instead obtained a doctorate in ministry from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He went on to serve several congregations prior to settling at Charlotte's First Baptist Church, and along the way, he never wavered from tackling the most pressing issues of our time.
Harris is a strong supporter of the president, enforcement of immigration laws, the Second Amendment rights of the people, pro-growth economic policies, limited government spending, and pro-choice educational reform. He also signed the pledge to support term limits, a move that would make strides towards draining the Washington swamp.
Due to Harris' strong positions on the issues of importance to conservatives (and our concerns about McCready's sincerity), FDL Review is proud to lend Harris our first 2018 congressional endorsement.
Despite the fact that the only poll of the race (which was conducted over two months ago) shows Harris behind by seven points, we are confident that he has the political will to pull through. Heck, the same pollster -- Civitas -- had Harris 32 points behind Pittenger ahead of the primary.