Democrats and liberals aren’t the only ones who hope to see Moral Monday protests galvanize their side. So do Republicans.
Three days before Monday’s gathering in Marshall Park, the Mecklenburg County Republican Party blasted an email to area Republicans.
“These liberal-backed protestors have been attacking the progress made by Governor Pat McCrory and our Republicans in the General Assembly,” the party said. “We need to send a strong message that Mecklenburg County supports the work done by our elected Republicans and does not agree with the protestors, who would like to see the Great State of North Carolina go back to the days of big government, excessive spending, and liberal ideas.”
Moral Monday helped fuel interest in a countywide Republican voter canvass this past weekend, said Mike Rusher, chief of staff of the state GOP. Volunteers knocked on doors and registered voters to spur interest in this fall’s municipal elections.
“When folks found out Moral Monday was coming to Charlotte, they wanted to do something on our side … something productive as they saw protesters hold signs and essentially yell at Republicans,” Rusher said Monday.
Speaking of protesters earlier this month, state GOP Chairman Claude Pope said they’re mad, “but they’re mad at the wrong people.”
“They should be protesting at the Democratic Party headquarters because it’s the Democrats who were so corrupt and so inept with the taxpayers’ money,” he said. “This governor and this legislature are doing exactly what they said they were going to do. They’re better stewards of the taxpayers’ money and focused on bringing jobs to North Carolina.”
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