Politics & Government

Party changer calls out party changers

President Barack Obama and personal aide Reggie Love fist bump as Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel looks on, in the Oval Office on June 16, 2009.
President Barack Obama and personal aide Reggie Love fist bump as Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel looks on, in the Oval Office on June 16, 2009. The White House

Democrat Shawn Greeson didn’t wait long to question the party loyalty of two other Democrats running for Charlotte City Council.

“Two City Council At-Large Imposters” headlined a Facebook post shortly after he filed for an at-large seat. He went on to blast incumbent Claire Fallon and newcomer Julie Eiselt, taking aim at what he called “a last minute Fallon/Eiselt party switch.” Hashmark: #NotAllDemsAreDems.

“They’re not really Democrats,” Greeson told a reporter. “They look at the number of registered voters that we have … and they say, hey, their chances of winning go up if they would run as a Democrat instead of a Republican.”

Records show Fallon switched from Republican to unaffiliated in 2009 and to Democrat a year later. Eiselt, who had been unaffiliated, changed her registration in 2014.

But those records also show that Greeson switched from Republican to unaffiliated in 2008 and didn’t become a Democrat until June 2014, three months after Eiselt.

He says he was a Republican to vote in GOP primaries.

“I was just voting in those primaries to stop those candidates I deemed to be the most radical right,” he says.

Neither Fallon nor Eiselt could be reached. Jim Morrill

Trump: the Tar Heel favorite

Republican Donald Trump leads a pack of GOP presidential candidates in North Carolina, according to a new poll.

Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found Trump with support of 16 percent of Republican voters, followed by Jeb Bush and Scott Walker with 12 percent, Mike Huckabee with 11 percent; and Ben Carson and Marco Rubio with 9 percent.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton led Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders 55 percent to 20 percent. Three other candidates were in single digits.

The poll’s margin of sampling error was 5.8 percent for the primary matchups. Jim Morrill

Poll shows McCrory down

While Donald Trump was up, Gov. Pat McCrory was down in a PPP poll.

The survey found his approval at 33 percent, the lowest since he took office. Forty-eight percent disapproved of his job performance.

Polling director Tom Jensen attributed part of the drop to a loss of favor among other Republicans, many of whom didn’t like his vetoes of two bills later overridden by GOP legislators. His approval among people who voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 fell from 69 percent to 56 percent.

The PPP poll prompted a response from “RRR” (“Republicans for Republicans by Republicans.”)

“The exhaustive survey of 1,200 registered, Republican voters, 10 independents and 100 Democrats … showed Republican Pat McCrory winning by a landslide,” the McCrory campaign said in a release. Jim Morrill

McCrory to be on WFAE

Gov. Pat McCrory will be a guest on “Charlotte Talks” at 10 a.m. Monday on WFAE-FM (90.7) with host Mike Collins. They will take questions from listeners on the phone or by email, said program director Dale Spear. Mark Washburn

Pittenger puts stamp on effort

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger got 55 other members of Congress to sign a letter to the Postmaster General lobbying for a stamp to raise money for veterans.

The lawmakers asked Megan Brennan to issue a stamp to help fight post-traumatic stress disorder. They cited Department of Veterans Affairs figures showing that 20 percent of veterans of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom suffer from PTSD.

Such a stamp has long been championed by Navy veteran Garland Denny of Monroe.

“We are honored to support Mr. Denny on this important project,” Pittenger said. Jim Morrill

Love going way of Vice

President Barack Obama’s former “body man” and aide Reggie Love is joining Vice Media’s sports vertical as editor-at-large.

Love, a Charlotte native who played football and basketball at Duke University, will act as a “brand ambassador” for the vertical, helping Vice connect to the “biggest and most fascinating names in sports,” Vice said in a release.

Earlier this year, Love published a memoir about his time at the White House called “Power Forward: My Presidential Education.”

Love will have some White House company at Vice – former Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco is the company’s chief operating officer. Politico