Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Rouzer-Pantano 7th District Primary -- This fiasco ain't dead yet!

 VERNE STRICKLAND BLOGMASTER: This is a powerful letter written to StarNewsOnline by Tim Clinkscales of Wilmington. It provokes serious thought, and this is why I offer it here. If you have other issues about 7th District re-districting -- and David Rouzer's bid for the GOP nomination -- please share with me. Thanks!

 Letters to the Editor - June 13, 2012

Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 10:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 10:01 p.m.

Although a month has passed since the primary election, it is important for the voters in the 7th congressional district to know the rest of the story concerning the race between Rouzer and Pantano. The voters deserve to know how redistricting and political cronyism snuffed our voice. The numerical facts are as follows: outside of Johnston County Ilario Pantano claimed 59 percent of the vote, a greater margin than his 2010 victory, and Rouzer had to get 81 percent of the vote in Johnston County, equating to 40 percent of his total vote count. 

Why does this matter? It matters because it shows that Johnston County was inserted in the district at the last minute by the N.C. General Assembly to achieve its own political agenda of having a yes-man (Rouzer) in the Congress. 
I would be interested to see how our local elected officials feel about one county 100 miles away trumping the vote of a majority of the other counties represented in the 7th District.
I ask you to contact your local elected officials and let them know that stacking the deck against the voice of the people to enable a political agenda is unconscionable and will not be tolerated.

Tim Clinkscales, Wilmington