According to Jordan Schrader of the Asheville Citizen-Times, old names and faces were re-elected while new ones were added as the Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly held their bi-annual leadership elections this weekend.
Rep. Paul Stam (R-Wake) was re-elected to his post as House Minority Leader.
Senator Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) defeated challengers, Senators Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg) and Pete Brunstetter (R-Forsyth) to retain his post as Senate Minority Leader.
Senator Harry Brown (R-Onslow) is the newly elected Deputy Minority Leader. The post was previously held by Senator Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson) who didn't run for re-election to the coveted post, citing family issues.
Senator Eddie Goodall (R-Union) will take over the Joint Caucus Leader position, while Senator Jerry Tillman (R-Randolph) continues on as Senate Whip.
According to several sources, former Co-Speakers Jim Black (D-Mecklenburg) and Richard Morgan (R-Moore) "bought and paid for" Tillis' initial victory to the North Carolina General Assembly. He defeated a solid, and much beloved conservative, Rep. John Rhodes in a Republican primary.
"One day Mr. Speaker, the people of North Carolina will take you by the collar of your shirt and the waistband of your trousers and throw you out over the seal of North Carolina."
Both Black and Morgan left office in disgrace and Black is now serving time in federal prison for, among other things, accepting bribes and obstruction of justice. A John Rhodes Day was held in 2007, thanking him for uncovering corruption.
Morgan eventually returned to politics and attempted an unsuccessful comeback, losing his bid for Superintendent of Public Instruction in November 2008.
The 2009-2010 session of the North Carolina General Assembly convenes at Noon on January 28, 2009, in Raleigh. Katy's Conservative Corner will be there, covering the action.