Thursday, June 5, 2014 —
For nearly 50 years, I practiced expanding a conservative Republican Party; first, volunteering on Jim Gardner’s 1968 N.C. Governor’s campaign. Then, Sen. Jesse Helms (1972-1996), Gov. Jim Holshouser (1976), Sen. John East (1980), Gov. Jim Martin (1984); Sen. Lauch Faircloth (1992), three Ronald Reagan campaigns (1976-1984); and many others.
Being totally disabled, I attempted assisting Pat McCrory’s two gubernatorial campaigns.
In Oct. 2013, I requested Gov. McCrory to consider granting a commutation to a friend and former employee convicted of a felony in 1998, a crime induced with and directly associated to illegal drugs. While incarcerated, this individual has vowed to never again associate with illegal drugs or any other illegal activity, has cultivated his daily Christian life, growing his life professionally and has no infractions nearing six years.
The only self-serving requests I ever sought were to be appointed to the local Board of Elections and elected as a delegate to the 1996 GOP National Convention. I never requested any favors that were improper, illegal or immoral. My entire goals include helping others in their lives — personally, politically and professionally.
Now, all communications go only through McCrory’s staff, never allowed through to Gov. McCrory himself and certainly left saddened.
Oscar Y. Harward