Correction: The original said there were a few dozen Ex Comm members from NC92. aShortChronicle has since been told it is only 8.
The DailyHaymaker.com broke the story over the weekend about the MeckGOP finally calling a meeting to replace Charles Jeter as the NC-92 Representative to the NC House and to pick a replacement candidate for the upcoming election.
According to the copy of the email from MeckGOP Chair Clair Mahoney posted in the story,
"As per Article XV.B of the Mecklenburg County Republican Party Plan of Organization, the purpose of the meeting is to recommend to the Governor the name of an individual to fill the vacancy created by Representative Charles Jeter’s resignation from House District 92 seat, which was effective as of July 25, 2016, and to select a person to fill the vacancy in the Republican nomination for House District 92. No other business may be considered at this meeting."
The appointment to fill out the remainder of of the term vacated by Jeter is somewhat of a non-issue since the NCGA won't be back in session prior to election day - unless for some unexpected reason an emergency special session is needed.
Of more importance to voters is the decision on who replaces Jeter as the Republican candidate in the upcoming election.
Jeter's primary opponent, Tom Davis, is pursuing both. He's clearly the most logical candidate for the job having just barely missed beating Jeter outright in the spring primary. He has also lined up several endorsements from local electeds in North Mecklenburg. However, he's apparently not alone in wanting the spot. A few contacts with those familiar with these kind of meetings predict more than just Davis's name could/will be put up.
Depending on who shows up to the meeting and how many candidates names are nominated, this process could be non-eventful or a real barn burner.
Only MeckGOP Executive Committee members residing in NC92 will be able to vote. That would only be 8 people, but then not all of them will possibly show up for the meeting. That means the candidate could be chosen by only a relative handful of people.
With tensions high around several issues, the I77 HOT Lanes project in particular, dirty politics could certainly enter into the mix.
Regardless of the replacement candidate selected, there is the also the question of actually getting on the ballot.
A call into the Mecklenburg Board of Elections Monday morning didn't provide a lot of clarity. Kristin Mavromatis with the BOE office told aShortChronicle that "no guidance had been received from the State" yet on whether or not a replacement candidate can get on the ballot at this point. That's the same answer from the BOE as it was three weeks ago right after Jeter resigned.
While it may ultimately be determined that a candidate replacement is allowed, if ballots have already been printed there would be a cost to fixing that (if it's even possible).
While Wednesday night's decision is important, it won't be the last important one for NC-92 voters before casting their ballots this election.
Bonus Observation: One interesting and unanswered question is why did the MeckGOP wait this long to schedule this meeting? The MeckGOP waited three weeks . On the same day the announcement came on the MeckGOP meeting, another Sr NCGOP figure resigned, Majority Leader Mike Hagar from NC 112. The meeting for his replacement by trhe Rutherford County GOP was announced the same day Hagar resigned. That meeting is also scheduled for August 17th.
Would the MeckGOP have even bothered to replace Jeter if they were not put on the spot by this other resignation?
It's that kind of lingering question that should give everone pause that they will do the right thing on Wednesday.