NC Democratic Senate Candidate Plays Identity Politics Card Against Chuck Schumer

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 1/17/2020 | Stacey Matthews
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A Democratic candidate for the Senate seat currently being held by Thom Tillis (R-NC) lashed out at Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at a recent campaign stop. She accused the former DSCC chairman of handpicking a primary candidate he wanted to win instead of allowing Democratic voters to decide.

But it didn’t stop there. State senator Erica Smith also told attendees that Schumer “for whatever reason, did not want an African American running for Senate in North Carolina.”

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Video footage published by the Free Beacon shows Smith first speaking to the crowd about how she had “positioned” her political career in a way similar to how former President Barack Obama got started. She noted he, like her, started off as a community organizer, then ran for state senate, and then for the U.S. Senate.

Then, apparently referencing Schumer, Smith talked about how “he told us he was not gonna endorse in this race and would just let us duke it out. The next day,” Smith stated, “they sent DSCC staff. They told [former state senator] Cal Cunningham ‘you need to get out of the lieutenant governor’s race, and you get into the U.S. Senate race.'”

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“Sen. Schumer, for whatever reason, did not want an African American running for U.S. Senate in North Carolina,” Smith alleged.

For the record, Cunningham is white.

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In the very next sentence, however, Smith did a complete 180, saying the Democratic primary battle was “not about race.” She urged those in attendance not to vote for her because she would be the third black woman to “seek to do this” but because she was “the most qualified candidate for the job.”

That was a pretty classic Democratic tactic, to make a damaging insinuation about someone else and then try to walk it back in the next breath. Too late. Cat’s out of...
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