A Charlotte conservative is telling anti-gay Republican Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James it is time for him to go and for voters to support his Republican primary challenger, Ed Driggs.
Lewis Guignard writes at Pundit House, a conservative Charlotte news and commentary site, that James’ reckless focus on socially conservative issues has damaged James’ supposed focus on fiscally-conservative issues, as well as damaging the local Republican Party.
In fact, one of the reasons for the demise of many fiscal conservatives on the board of commissioners in the late 1990′s were the social conservative issues that James brought to the fore. From this decline, the Republican Party in Mecklenburg County has never recovered and as long as people such as Bill James are in office it never will. In fact, one of the major problems of the Republican Party today is the catering to social conservatives. If there were no other reason, that alone would be an excellent one for Republicans to vote for Ed Driggs. But there are other reasons, some of which have already been delineated by Driggs on the campaign trail.
Guignard focuses a great deal of his commentary on James’ votes and stances on fiscal matters. It’s a shame Guignard didn’t spend a bit more time zeroing in on James’ horrendous record of bigotry and division, among them:
- Comparing LGBT people to insects, saying the city should “de-infest areas where they congregate.”
- Calling all LGBT people “sexual predators.”
- Using slurs to describe transgender people, calling bisexuals promiscuous and continually reasserting that sexual activity between gay people is still illegal.
- Calling the dead, gay son of his colleague an anti-gay slur in the middle of a commission meeting.
- Saying the anti-LGBT amendment was about keeping LGBT people out of North Carolina.
- Using religion, out-dated science and bigotry to oppose anti-LGB non-discrimination ordinance (more…).
Obviously, the list above isn’t exhaustive. Certainly, it’s not even the tip of James’ bigoted iceberg. He’s been engaging in character assassination against entire communities of people — and not just LGBT folks — for decades, beginning in the mid-1990s with Charlotte’s “Angels in America” and arts-funding controversy (more background…).
Obviously, the “Big Tent” that is the Grand Old Party isn’t. People like James prevent that. People who vote for people like James prevent that. Speaking of which… I wonder if all those mega-churches and good Christian folk in southeast Mecklenburg County really approve of all James’ harshly-worded and vulgar comments? They must… they keep supporting him.