There’s a difference between quantity and quality when it comes to endorsements.
I only asked two people for endorsements and here is why I chose those two people.
Both showed themselves in their legislative service to the people of North Carolina to be men of great integrity. They did not “go along to get along.” They worked hard to inform themselves on the issues and they represented the people who elected them, rather than being swayed by the power of the press, the money of the Political Action Committees (PACS) and lobbyists, or the threats of the leaders of any party or partisan group.
John Rhodes was actually honored, along with me and a handful of other legislators, in a ceremony in Asheville. Radio host Matt Mittan and others organized a John Rhodes Day and honored John, me and a few others by inducting us into the John Rhodes Society of Honest Politicians.
Part of that had to do with the fact John and I consistently spoke out about the abuses of power engineered by Jim Black and his cronies. Black finally went to federal prison, but he did a lot of damage before that happened.
If you want to know more, view Matt Mittan’s interview with me and John or simply do a key word search on Fern Shubert and John Rhodes.
While John was trying to clean up the House, Hugh Webster was making waves in the Senate. Hugh ruffled so many powerful feathers that the SBI brought a case against him when he ran for Congress without even bothering to paper the file.
One of the ways Hugh ruffled feathers was by joining me in killing a bill so bad that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned against it. It was a bill that would have reduced price competition on gasoline, and the FTC warned that every penny of artificially propped up gasoline prices would cost consumers $40,000,000 per year.
The bill was sent to Fletcher Hartsell’s judiciary committee. Why did a Republican(?) get a Committee Chairmanship from Democrat leader Marc Basnight? Because the Democrats (and some less than the best Republicans) knew they could “trust” Senator Hartsell. Unfortunately for those pushing the bill, Hugh and I both served on that committee and we worked very hard (and successfully) to protect the public from that bill.
When I was elected Senate Republican Whip by my fellow Senators as a freshman female Senator, I considered it an unusual honor. I tried to live up to that honor by, among other things, suggesting Senator Hartsell needed to be banned from the Republican caucus because he was so obviously working against the public interest on so many issues. Unfortunately, the majority of my fellow Senate Republicans, particularly including Senator Robert Pittenger, disagreed.
You may have noticed, Senator Hartsell, like Representative Black, ended up being indicted and going to federal prison.
Many good people are elected to public office but not all have the courage to stand up to the incredible pressure of serving. John Rhodes and Hugh Webster are both men of great courage and I am honored to have their support.