I won’t call this trouble in paradise. Democrats tend to circle the wagons, even when they firmly disagree.
It does, however, point to some ruffled feathers in the NC Governor-elect Roy Cooper administration.
Since several thousand North Carolinians chose to cut off their own noses to spite their faces and go back to the days of Democrat ruin, we can look forward to more of this for the next four years, at least.
Marshall Adame is the North Carolina Democrat Party chairman of the Hispanic caucus. He’s a retired combat Marine, with 23 years of service.
He fought in Vietnam at the age of 17, and went on to become the Detachment Commander for the United States Marine Embassy Security Forces.
Further, he served in Iraq with the State Department, was appointed to a diplomatic position, serving in the Office of the Iraqi Minister of the Interior, and he was a member of the United States Congressional Commission on Wartime Contracting.
Quite a resume.
He’s also the father of three servicemen, with two being combat veterans and one a wounded warrior.
We have to assume this is a man who honors our vets.
So what’s the problem?
Ken Eudy. Ken Eudy is the problem.
Eudy is the smarmy newt Governor-elect Cooper has named as his senior adviser.
In September 2016, Eudy posted to the Education NC website:
Eudy writes, “I do stand for the Star-Spangled Banner. But I stay in my seat when thousands of fans stand and cheer men and women in the armed services. My silent protest draws some certain looks or sideways sneers.”
Eudy goes on to say, “I sit simply because I think it odd that, of all the categories of Americans that we honor, we honor warriors. I’m resolved that I won’t stand until we also honor the profession that will determine whether the United States remains free — school teachers.”
Beyond the blatant pandering to teachers is utter contempt for our military.
So do you think such a comment might rub a man like Marshall Adame the wrong way?
Adame was so incensed by the Eudy comments, that he took to the Raleigh News & Observer, and posted to a story about Eudy in the “Under the Dome” section of the paper. He also tweeted out his comments.
I’d like to tell you what his comments were, but apparently, a phone call from the state’s Democrat Party prompted him to delete the post and tweet.
In a telephone interview, Adame said, “That doesn’t mean I don’t stand by my comment in the N&O. I stand by them completely—I took it down for Cooper’s benefit.”
Marshall Adame went on to say, “Those comments made by Ken Eudy are disrespectful and insulting to the military and to people like me.”
“It’s a false equivalent,” Adame said, “to compare military and teachers—and that’s not to negate or disrespect NC teachers. Ken Eudy isn’t mature enough to understand he’s demeaning the military. He’s an inch thick and a mile wide.”
So the Democrats of North Carolina shut him down, in order to conjure up a false narrative of absolute unity within the party, as Roy Cooper prepares to take office.
Adame, however, isn’t the only one to take unfavorable notice of Eudy’s comments.
From the right of the aisle in Raleigh, Representatives John Szoka (R-Cumberland) and Holly Grange (R-New Hanover) had firm words for Eudy, as well. They issued a statement for immediate release:
“It is very concerning that Governor-elect Cooper’s pick for senior adviser, Ken Eudy has publicly expressed negative opinions and degrading comments toward our state’s military servicemen and women,” said Representative Grange. “Our active-duty and retired military represent the best of the United States and have made countless sacrifices for the betterment of North Carolina.”
“As a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army and elected official representing Fort Bragg, the most populous military base in the world, I am deeply offended and disheartened over Mr. Eudy’s comments toward our state’s bravest men and women,” Representative Szoka stated. “It is an honor to represent our state’s most fearless individuals as well as their families and for Mr. Eudy to blatantly dismiss their service with statements such as the above is saddening to me.”
No doubt, North Carolina is a military state, with 130,000 men and women on active-duty, and 774,000 military veterans who call the Tar Heel state home.
For the incoming governor to make such a man as Ken Eudy his senior adviser says a lot about Cooper’s own casual disregard for a large portion of the citizens he seeks to govern.
Ten members of North Carolina’s House of Representatives endorsed the statements by Szoka and Grange. Each have either served in the United States military, or are currently serving.
Those representatives are:
Rep. Chris Whitmire
Rep. Roger West
Rep. Paul Stam
Rep. John Blust
Rep. Kelly Hastings
Rep. Mike Speciale
Rep. George Cleveland
Rep. Leo Daughtry
Rep. John Fairclothe
Rep. Bill Brawley