'Bad candidate': Mark Walker says Trump made mistake backing North Carolina GOP Senate rival
Former MP Mark Walker hit the Club for Growth, suggesting that former President Donald Trump was tricked into supporting his rival for the Republican Senate nomination in North Carolina during an interview with the Washington Examiner.
Referring to the Club for Growth and referring to the outcome of a special election to the Texas House of Representatives in which the anointed free market advocacy candidate collapsed, the former congressman said that "the super-PAC" said the Senate primaries from North Carolina with its support similarly misjudges Representative Ted Budd. Budd, who is also supported by Trump, is "a bad candidate" Walker said will jeopardize the GOP's control of a seat that will be given up by the resignation of Senator Richard Burr.
In contrast to his criticism of Washington-based groups, including the Club for Growth, Walker welcomed Trump's interference, saying, "He's still the most influential Republican in the GOP." Walker even traveled to Mar-a-Lago, Trump's winter residence in Palm Beach, Florida, in early May to seek assistance from the former president. Walker felt that Trump would not support it - at least not anytime soon.
He blames Mark Meadows, a former North Carolina Republican congressman who became Trump's chief of staff in the White House. Walker suggested that Meadows, who works for a Trump-affiliated political organization in his post-presidency, was the "puppet master" behind the former supreme commander's surprising, quick decision to endorse Budd just a month later. Walker said Meadows was out for revenge.
"In complimenting Madison Cawthorn on being the best friend of Mark Meadows' wife, I created a situation where this was an opportunity for a small repayment," Walker said. “I did what was right. The impact probably cost me President Trump's support. "
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Meadows was representing North Carolina's 11th Congressional District when he resigned to become Chief of Staff of the White House. He supported his ally Lynda Bennett in the Republican primary to replace him, as did Trump. Walker supported the 25-year-old Cawthorn, who caused a stir in a subsequent runoff election in the primary election and became a favorite of the grassroots conservatives even before he took office.
A spokesman for Meadows declined to comment on the story, as did a spokesman for the Budd campaign. Polls showed rising support for Budd after Trump backed him.
On Tuesday, Jake Ellzey defeated Susan Wright in a special election to fill the vacant 6th Congressional District of Texas. Ellzey, a state representative who was endorsed by former Governor Rick Perry and Texas MP Dan Crenshaw, was seen as an outsider against Wright, who ran to succeed her late husband and was supported by Trump and the Club for Growth. On Wednesday, Walker took to Twitter to criticize "a DC super PAC".
"Once again, a DC Super PAC spent millions on a candidate whose voter card they wanted to check only to be rejected by voters," tweeted the former congressman. "Just like NC voters, TX voters knew better than DC specialists, so the base candidate won # TX06." Walker did not deny Thursday that he was referring to the Club for Growth.
“I will not mention any names at this point. I'll let the reader… draw their own conclusions, ”Walker said on Thursday. “But I don't know if it's too hard to tell when ... the Super PAC is out there bragging about losing $ 5.1 million - $ 5.125 million, I think, for this one In fact, the Club for Growth announced on June 21 that its super PAC raised $ 5.125 million for Budds Senate campaign.
The group dismisses Walker's criticism as sour grapes.
“Classic Mark Walker, ineligible and trying to do everything about himself. If we had a nickel for every time he begs us for money or confirmation, we'd probably have more money in the bank than him for his campaign, ”said Joe Kildea, spokesman for Club for Growth Action.
But Walker claims that Budd is not eligible and insists he can win the nod despite missing Trump's support - just like Cawthorn last year and just like Ellzey this week.
"I don't think the North Carolinians love President Trump any less than the Texans - and vice versa," said Walker. "But the point is, just because you love President Trump ... doesn't mean you automatically vote blindly for a candidate who you think won't win the general election."
Walker, 52, was a member of the House of Representatives for six years and retired after the 2020 election to focus on his proposed Senate bid.
As a pastor, he has toured the state since the beginning of his campaign, giving guest sermons in a different church every Sunday, previously this was usually about twice a month. Walker is confident that the connection he has made with evangelicals and the healthy roster of endorsements from local elected officials across North Carolina will earn him a nomination for next March's primary election. Former Governor Pat McCrory is also running.
Walker started July with just under $ 927,000 in cash, more than McCrory's over $ 955,000 but far less than Budd's $ 1.7 million. But Walker said he had overcome financial disadvantages in the past and could do so in this competition. To get there, he doesn't pull out punches compared to Budd, his main competitor. Walker accuses his opponent of compliant rhetoric and meaningful, conservative achievements.
"I don't think he's eligible, but I don't think he's effective either," said Walker. “We've been sending fighters to DC for 50 years. Why can't we send someone to the Senate side who can fight and knows how to win? "
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Tags: News, Campaigns, 2022 Elections, North Carolina Senate, Mark Walker, Donald Trump, Mark Meadows, Club for Growth
Original author: David M. Drucker
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