On September 11, 2019 John Szoka helped orchestrate one of the
most heinous acts of partisan politics in history of the North Carolina
General Assembly. With barely half of House lawmakers present and
“more legislators off the floor for a vote since 2010,” GOP lawmakers
sunk to a new low – even for the legislature that “wrote the playbook
On the Morning of September 11, 2019, Representative David Lewis falsely informed Democrats that there would be no votes held; when it came time for the ambush, Republican Campaign Chair John Szoka counted the heads on the morning of 9/11 and suggested that they could hold the vote and win. Speaker Tim Moore then proceeded with the vote even over Democratic objections to the deceit and abuse of procedure.