You have to admire Tom Fetzer's gumption. He'll stand in front of a room of grown adults and say whatever pops into his pretty little head, as he did on Saturday when he got all excited about his new BFF, New Bern Mayor Lee Bettis. (I suppose that makes them both switch hitters, but that's another story.)
Newly converted Republican New Bern Mayor Lee Bettis, who announced he had changed parties at a GOP fundraiser earlier this month, made an appearance. Bettis said he came to the convention to show support for the party, and Fetzer noted in an interview that the party is “excited” about Bettis’ switch.
But that wasn't Tommy's main pitch. What he really wanted to do was froth up the crazies to the new Republican rallying cry: No we can't.
Fetzer said the next election “literally can change the direction of our state.” “I will predict to you as I’m sitting here today that we will have a Republican majority in the House and Senate for the first time since 1898,” he said.
With all of Art Pope's money going into electioneering this year, I wouldn't rule anything out. But unless a majority of North Carolina voters are as dumb as stumps, the GOP will have a hard time convincing them that trashing public schools, bankrupting sick people, and destroying the environment should be our state's top priorities.