In a press conference yesterday, Democrat House Minority Leader Rep. Darren Jackson (D-Wake) shifted course on previous statements indicating that he believed Republican leaders did not intentionally mislead him and other Democrats in the confusion surrounding the House vote to override Governor Cooper's veto of the bipartisan budget bill on September 11. During a press conference yesterday, Jackson claimed for the first time that he had been lied to since the September 11th morning session, contradicting his previous statements that he did not believe Rep. David Lewis had lied to him and that the entire kerfuffle was a result from "an apparent miscommunication."
In a speech on the House floor during the afternoon session, Jackson stated
he believed "that when Rep. Lewis told me that we weren't going to have votes at 8:30 in the morning that he meant that. I don't believe he was lying to me. I don't believe he was trying to play a game. I don't believe you got notice. I don't believe there was a secret caucus that y'all were all told to show up about 8:30 this morning and take advantage of that. I don't believe that. That's not how I think."
Jackson's flip-flop comes amid discord within the Democrat Party over the mishandling of the veto override vote, including rumors
that Governor Cooper's staff threatened Democrats who voted for the budget with primary challengers and that Rep. Jackson offered to resign his leadership position. Interestingly, after Jackson declared unity within the caucus
, only 12 of 55 House Democrats have tweeted their support for the Minority Leader. Indeed, even liberal bloggers are calling for Jackson to "let it go
"This is a desperate ploy from Rep. Jackson to deflect attention from his failure to protect Governor Cooper's veto of the Bipartisan Budget,"
stated NCGOP Communications Director Jeff Hauser. "To quote a member of his caucus, they lost 'because they didn't know the rules.'"
- Contact: Jeff Hauser