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Meadows an embarrassment to his former state, district

Meadows an embarrassment to his former state, district

The recent revelations regarding Mark Meadows and his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and the events that led up to it are eye-opening. The man who went from Jackson County restauranteur to White House chief of staff has fallen hard, his ethics and patriotism in question due to his blind support for Donald Trump and his stolen-election lies. He may even find himself in court.

I was writing a column about Meadows for this week’s edition when I came across the following editorial from The Raleigh News and Observer. With permission from the Raleigh paper’s editorial board, we decided just to print their opinion since we seem to have the same feelings about Meadows.

— Scott McLeod, SMN Publisher

 

From the Raleigh News and Observer

Here’s a question that might make Sen. Richard Burr smile: When will the N.C. Republican Party censure Mark Meadows? 

The answer, of course, is never. But that won’t hide the embarrassment that Meadows [who lived in Cashiers when he was first elected to Congress in 2013] is for his party or for the state he represented in Congress for seven years. He left Congress in March of 2020 to become President Trump’s White House chief of staff. 

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The North Carolina Republican Party’s Central Committee voted unanimously to censure Burr for voting to convict Trump on the impeachment charge of inciting an insurrection. History may record that vote as Burr’s finest hour. Meanwhile, Meadows is emerging as a disgrace during a dangerous hour for U.S. democracy. Documents obtained by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol show Meadows participated in Trump’s effort to throw out the result of a free and fair presidential election.

Meadows made a deal to cooperate with the congressional probe, but now is refusing to sit for a deposition, citing executive privilege. He also has sued to block the committee’s subpoenas against him as “overly broad and unduly burdensome.” He had turned over thousands of pages of documents to the committee, but is withholding some 1,000 text messages. The House panel voted Monday to recommend contempt charges.

In advance of the recommendation, the committee released a report Sunday that contained new details of Meadows’s actions related to attempts to overturn the election results. The report said Meadows “received text messages and emails regarding apparent efforts to encourage Republican legislators in certain States to send alternate slates of electors to Congress, a plan which one Member of Congress acknowledged was ‘highly controversial’ and to which Mr. Meadows responded, ‘I love it.’” 

It’s also known that Meadows was on the phone when Trump pressured Georgia’s top election official to “find“ enough votes to reverse Trump’s Georgia loss. He also sought to have the Justice Department question the integrity of the election.

The Jan. 6 committee wants to hear about those machinations. Crucially, it wants Meadows’s version of what Trump was doing as the Capitol was under assault and how he responded to calls for help from Capitol security officials and members of Congress.

All this comes after Meadows’ history as a Tea Party firebrand and founding member of the obstructionist House Freedom Caucus. He played a key role in shutting down the federal government in 2013 in an effort to end funding for the Affordable Care Act. 

In his new book, “The Chief’s Chief,” Meadows delivers a mostly air-brushed version of his time in the White House, but he does reveal that Trump tested positive for COVID three days before a presidential debate with Joe Biden, but Trump went anyway. Meadows, who said a subsequent test of the former president came back negative, did not disclose the positive test, putting others, including the 77-year-old future president, at risk. Trump was hospitalized with COVID-19 three days after the event. 

For North Carolina, Meadows is more than a figure in a Washington drama. He is the embodiment of how the state’s turn to extreme gerrymandering has opened the way for reactionary and incompetent candidates to represent the state in Congress. Before Meadows, the 11th District was represented by a conservative Democrat, Heath Shuler, who retired after the district was redrawn to heavily favor Republicans. Now the district is represented by Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who has found a way to be more extreme and embarrassing than Meadows. 

It has long been clear that Meadows is a Trump sycophant. Now the question is whether his eagerness to please included breaking the law. The Jan. 6 committee needs to take a hard line with the former chief of staff who never drew a line for Trump. 

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11 comments

  • Very good. But also Richard Burr has been an embarrassment to NC. He, along with 3 other senators (Purdue, Feinstein, Inhofe) used inside information obtained during early committee meeting concerning Covid-19 to buy and sell stock. All 4 got away with inside trading.

    posted by Louise B Williams

    Wednesday, 03/30/2022

  • Very good. But also Richard Burr has been an embarrassment to NC. He, along with 3 other senators (Purdue, Feinstein, Inhofe) used inside information obtained during early committee meeting concerning Covid-19 to buy and sell stock. All 4 got away with inside trading.

    posted by Louise B Williams

    Wednesday, 03/30/2022

  • You are quite the Stalinist aren't you Scott? Lock up the citizens, take their property, keep them from speaking or associating.

    posted by Robert Lee

    Wednesday, 01/12/2022

  • You are quite the Stalinist aren't you Scott? Lock up the citizens, take their property, keep them from speaking or associating.

    posted by Robert Lee

    Wednesday, 01/12/2022

  • Thank you for re-printing this article. Yes, he is a big disappointment to North Carolinians!!

    posted by Polly J. Leatherwood

    Sunday, 12/19/2021

  • Thank you for re-printing this article. Yes, he is a big disappointment to North Carolinians!!

    posted by Polly J. Leatherwood

    Sunday, 12/19/2021

  • You loony leftists are hilarious. You see crime when there is none, and promote real crime on the other hand.

    You're not a serious individual, Mr. McLeod.

    posted by Quartermaster

    Friday, 12/17/2021

  • Thank you for publishing this editorial. I never thought such an uneducated huckster would gain such power. He and Meadows and Cawthorn are mere puppets of our most dangerous foreign enemies. Their catch phrases are pure Moscow playbook.

    posted by Mary Curry

    Friday, 12/17/2021

  • Gym Jordan is a suspect. Why would they allow him to serve on a committee where he would be investigating himself?

    posted by Tyler

    Thursday, 12/16/2021

  • If the Jan 6th Committee was seeking truth then Jim Jordan and James Banks would be on the committee, but instead two Trump haters (Cheney and Kinzinger) are on the committee so that the narrative of being bi-partisan can be pushed to LEFT-wing media.

    Why isn't all the video released on what happened inside the Capitol? Briefly there was a single video of an officer inside the Capitol waiving people in. What happened to this video?

    Clinton claimed executive privilege 14 times and Bush 6 times.

    posted by Keith Blaine

    Thursday, 12/16/2021

  • Seems like Western NC has more than our share of embarrassing elected officials. Madison Cawthorn is certainly in that category. Between the two of them, NC should hide its collective head in shame for voting in such a couple of individuals who only work their own agenda while ignoring those who elected them in the first place!

    posted by Silverwolf

    Wednesday, 12/15/2021

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