Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group, is trolling for good state legislative candidates.
The group sent a robocall to targeted North Carolina homes Monday looking for people who would "promote the principles of limited government and free markets" and sign a no-tax pledge. "Have you ever considered running for office. The filing period for running for the state legislature begins today," the call starts. (See audio below.)
Are conservatives having trouble finding candidates? No, says Dallas Woodhouse, the group's executive director. "We have done this before and have been successful is getting people to file for office and sign the no-tax-increase pledge," he said. "Last year we had many candidates signed the pledge and some were recruited this way."
The calls went to members of all political parties and unaffiliated voters who fit a profile that AFP believes would support their principles. "We consider this a public service," Woodhouse said.
Those interested are referred to a website, icanhelpnc.com, which takes them to the AFP site with the headline: "Don't think your voice is being heard in Raleigh?"
The website doesn't mention that Republicans run the legislature in Raleigh now.