by Rick Henderson
Editor-in-Chief, Carolina Journal
• The Republican National Committee launched a new ad campaign, “Create Your American Dream,” targeting 14 states with competitive Senate races and reaching out to women and minority voters, including disaffected voters who may have supported President Obama.
• A fundraising letter by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon called his GOP rival Thom Tillis “unelectable,” citing the House speaker from Mecklenburg County’s decision to provide severance pay to two fired staffers who were involved in a romantic relationship and claiming potential conflicts of interest. Tillis’ campaign said the charges were “laughable” and noted that Brannon recently lost a jury verdict in a fraud case. Meantime, Guilford County conservative activist Jodi Riddleberger penned a guest column for the Greensboro News & Record saying Brannon was innocent and will be vindicated when the case is heard on appeal.
• Supreme Court Justice Mark Martin headlined an event sponsored by the Wilkes County Republican Party featuring nearly 40 GOP candidates — including Tillis and two other Senate contenders, Wilkesboro nurse Heather Grant and Lexington attorney and former state lawmaker Jim Snyder.
• Six of the eight GOP Senate candidates — former Shelby Mayor Ted Alexander, Brannon, Grant, Charlotte Baptist minister Mark Harris, retired Clayton physician Edward Kryn, and Snyder — spoke Monday night at a forum in Fayetteville.
• The N.C. Republican Party announced a “Boots on the Ground” project to boost turnout in this year’s election cycle and to identify likely GOP voters for the 2016 election season.