North Carolina GOP Nominates Oil Spill Conspiracy Theorist For Congress
One of the odder results of yesterday’s primary elections was the victory of Bill Randall in the GOP primary for North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District:
North Carolinians made their choice in the 13th Congressional District Republican runoff last night. And most of them went with the guy whose take on the worst environmental disaster in the nation’s history makes Oliver Stone’s JFK look like a Ken Burns documentary.
Bill Randall, a tea partier who made headlines with his suggestion that BP and the federal government worked together to blow up the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig in April, decisively won last night’s runoff, defeating magazine publisher (and relatively more mainstream Republican) Bernie Reeves by a margin of 59% to 41%. Randall will now carry his party’s flag to the general election, where he’ll face incumbent Rep. Brad Miller (D).
It’s a safe Democratic seat, not one that anyone really expects Miller to lose. But Randall’s presence on the campaign trail could pose something of an embarrassing problem for Republicans in North Carolina.
Here’s what Randall had to say about a week ago:
“Maybe they wanted it to leak, but then it got beyond what was anticipated and we had an explosion and loss of life,” Randall said. “Is there a cover up going on? I’m not saying there necessarily is. But I think that there are enough facts on the table for people who really need to do so to do some investigative research and find out what went on with that.”
I see a TV commercial in the near future.