By Oscar Y. Harward
For nearly 50 years, I practiced expanding a Conservative Republican Party; first, volunteering on Jim Gardner’s 1968 NC Governor’s campaign. Then, Sen. Jesse Helms (1972 through 1996), Gov. Jim Holshouser (1976), Sen. John East (1980), Gov. Jim Martin (1984), Sen. Lauch Faircloth (1992), 3 Ronald Reagan campaigns (1976-1984); and many others.
Being totally disabled, I attempted assisting Pat McCrory’s two ‘gubernatorial’ campaigns.
In October 2013, I requested Gov. McCrory 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 6 years.
The only ‘self-serving’ requests I ever sought were to be appointed to my 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 thru Gov. McCrory, himself; and certainly left saddened.
Oscar Y. Harward