Mattie filesMattie Lawson devastated her opponent, former Democrat Arthur Williams, in the Republican runoff yesterday, defeating him by a 2 to 1 margin.  Lawson will now face well-funded Democrat Paul Tine of Dare County in November.

Lawson won all four counties by wide margins despite being vastly outspent.  She took her home county of Dare with 81% of the vote, Williams’ home county of Beaufort with 59%, Washington with 62% and Hyde with 58%.  Final results:  Lawson 67%, Williams 33%.  Lawson was outspent by her opponent 8 to 1. Williams saturated the district with mailers, radio and tv but could not overcome the grassroots enthusiasm of Lawson.  Williams was one of several ‘political machine’ candidates to do down in eastern North Carolina primaries this year.  Activists and voters have sent a clear message to the political establishment.  They will not be force-fed a candidate.  They can and will work hard for candidates that reflect their values.  They can and will turn out the vote.

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In a candid exchange on Facebook with Truth or Dare, Speaker of the House Thom Tillis defended Arthur Williams publicly once again and inserted himself unnecessarily, once again, into our local House race. Tillis engaged in a debate with Truth or Dare and then deleted this blogger’s comments as well as some of his own, saying that Truth or Dare’s posting of these comments represented behavior that diverted attention from more important issues.  Tillis then banished this blogger to the land of un-friends.

Tillis tried to prop up Williams’ liberal voting record and then defended his own intrusion into the NC6 race. Probably realizing that he’d stepped into it once again, Tillis removed certain comments from the thread including my comments and some of his own, and un-friended me. Fortunately, technology being what it is, Truth or Dare captured the full exchange before it disappeared from Facebook. It is posted below for your reading pleasure.  You can still find parts of these comments on Tillis’ personal FB page, at least for now.

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by Diane Rufino

I understand that Rep. Walter Jones has come out to support Arthur Williams in the run-off election for NC House for District 6. I’m sure there is a political reason.

I have great respect for Rep. Jones and appreciate his position on the NDAA, immigration, and use of military force. I know he has a big heart when it comes to our military. But nevertheless, he is a politician.

I’d like to offer support for Mattie Lawson, who won the primary but was challenged by Williams in a run-off.  I’m not a politician. I have no money invested. I have no promises to fulfill.  I owe no favors.  I have no agenda other than making sure that the NC General (more…)


Campaign finance reports released by Arthur Williams’ campaign show that Williams’ campaign paid Jeremy Adams $900 on the day that Jeremy Adams publicly endorsed Mr. Williams .  A second payment of $900 followed one month later.  Both payments were labeled ‘Consulting’.

If these payments were made to former NC House 6 candidate Jeremy Adams, this is indeed troubling. Truth or Dare, however, is unable to confirm if these payments went to the aforementioned Jeremy Adams or someone else named Jeremy Adams.   The campaign finance entries made by the Williams’ campaign are incomplete and do not provide enough detail to confirm the identity of the recipient.

The data posted to the NC SBE website for Williams’ Q2 filing does not show the address or city of the consultant Jeremy Adams.  It  lists Mr. Adams occupation as Insurance Salesman.   Losing NC6 candidate Jeremy Adams lists his occupation on his campaign (more…)


Recent actions by Speaker Thom Tillis have riled eastern North Carolinians.  Many wonder why the Speaker of the House would be meddling in their local State House and Senate races.  Is he doing it for money? For his ego? Nay, I say.  Rather, we must ask the age old question:  Cui bono?

To understand why he’s meddling, we have to look at the Speaker’s goals and then figure out how his meddling could help him achieve those goals.  It’s like a puzzle.  You have to see the big picture on the box before the pieces start to make sense.  The picture on the Tillis’ box looks like this: (more…)


Beaufort County Commissioner Hood Richardson

Truth or Dare is pleased to announce that Hood Richardson will become a guest contributor.  Hood is serving his fourth term as a Beaufort County Commissioner.  He owns and operates and engineering and survey concern in Washington, NC and is a dedicated conservative Republican.   We are pleased to have Hood join our pages.

 

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By Hood Richardson

All conservatives got a surprise when several self certified conservative Republicans suddenly flipped to the liberal side.  Ashley Woolard and Bill Tarpenning, announced they are actively working as paid political managers for the liberal Arthur Williams who demanded a run off with Mattie Lawson, the conservative Republican. Lawson beat both Williams and Jeremy Adams but did not get enough of the vote to avoid a run off.  Jeremy Adams, after representing himself as a Ron Paul conservative endorsed Williams.  Politically Williams is as far the left as you can get and a Ron Paul conservative is as far the right as you can get. It all looks like sour grapes, if Adams is what he said he is?  Rumors have been around for some time that Woolard, Tarpenning and Gregg Dority recruited Williams.

Williams has not hesitated in the past to hire and donate money to those who he thought could deliver votes.  Williams has paid money to (more…)


David Williams, Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of North Carolina (RLC NC), today praised Mattie Lawson for her positions on a range of issues, calling her ‘impressive’.  At the same time, he rebuked Jeremy Adams for his endorsement of Arthur Williams.  The criticism of Adams was particularly sharp since the RLC NC endorsed Adams in the first primary.  They have not yet endorsed a candidate in the runoff.

Speaking of Ms. Lawson in a Facebook post, the Chairman of the RLC NC, said,

“Mattie Lawson has put herself out there on a range of issues in a way that Arthur Williams has not.  From property rights, to Agenda 21 to the NDAA and taxes she has impressed me.”

The Chairman had harsh words for both Arthur Williams and Jeremy Adams who endorsed Williams.  In a Facebook exchange with Mr. Adams, the Chairman (more…)