North Carolina Republicans plan to embark next week on a “100 days that will change North Carolina” tour in which they present their argument about why voters should elect a Republican legislature in November.
At a news conference at state GOP headquarters Tuesday, state Republican chairman Tom Fetzer predicted that the Democrats would lose control of the General Assembly for the first time since 1898, reports Rob Christensen. (The GOP controlled the state House for two terms in the 1990s.)
Fetzer cited a number of good omens for Republicans, including a new Gallup Poll giving Republicans an unprecedented 10 percent advantage in generic congressional balloting. Also, historic trends show the out-of-power party with big pick-ups when the president is polling under 50 percent, as is the case with Democratic President Barack Obama.
“This is the best crop of candidates in North Carolina I have ever seen,” said Fetzer, flanked by about a dozen state House and Senate candidates.
The candidates, given a few minutes at the microphone, generally voiced support for limited government, lower taxes, and reduced spending. They promised policies that would be more business friendly.
“We are becoming an anti-business state,” said Mike Stone, a House candidate from Sanford.
The tour will start in the mountains Sept. 7 and will continue until Sept. 23. Fetzer said the candidates will present some specific ideas of what they will do if the Republicans gain a majority.
UPDATE: Andrew Whalen, executive director of the state Democratic Party, said the criticism of Democrats being anti-business was "completely bogus."
He noted that CNBC has rated North Carolina in the top five states for business and that Site Selection magazine made North Carolina the top state in business climate in eight of the past nine years. He said Forbes ranked Raleigh as its 3rd best city for businesses this year.