About 150 conservative voters from Raleigh, Greensboro and the 2nd Congressional District are riding up in three buses to Washington, D.C., today to remind lawmakers that they aren’t going away. The group from North Carolina will join the tea party-backed “November Speaks” rally at noon in front of the U.S. Capitol.
Today begins the lame-duck session of Congress, in which the outgoing members will try to vote through as much as possible before the next crew of representatives takes over in January.
“We’re making sure they don’t do any hokey-pokey while they’re here,” said Dallas Woodhouse, head of the N.C. chapter of Americans for Prosperity. “The more subtle message is we want to make sure they know we’re keeping an eye on them. Their natural tendency over time will be to ease back and spend other people’s money.”
Also in town this week for orientation is the new crop of House freshmen, who include a host of tea-party backed Republicans – among them Renee Ellmers of Dunn.
“I think we got a good one in Renee,” Woodhouse said.
Ellmers won’t be declared the official winner until her re-count against incumbent U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge is complete. She remains more than a thousand votes ahead of him.