Democrat appointed budget-writer in GOP-led House

Posted September 14, 2011

— One of five Democrats who voted for the North Carolina state budget to help override Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto is now one of the chief budget-writers in the Republican-controlled House.

House Speaker Thom Tillis said Wednesday he's appointed Rep. Jim Crawford, D-Granville, as co-chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. It's a job Crawford held when Democrats were in charge of the chamber.

Tillis called Crawford "one of the key leaders from the Democrat caucus that came together to work with us to have a bipartisan budget.”

“We want to build on that success,” Tillis said “I’m hoping by doing that, we’ll even have greater support for anything that we have to do with the budget or other matters going into the short session."

Crawford was one of five House Democrats who broke with their caucus to support the GOP-written budget earlier this year. He also voted with the Republican majority on other key bills, including several veto overrides and the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

He succeeds Rep. Jeff Barnhart, R-Cabarrus, who will resign from the legislature at the end of the month and join a consulting firm. Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, also was named a new co-chairman. There will be five top budget-writers when Barnhart leaves.

Democrats hold one other chairmanship in the House, and that's on the ethics committee.


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  • shoutntime Sep 16, 2011

    The guy is evidently good at what he does for the Dems put him in that position and now the GOP recognizes that someone who is center left knows the meaning of bipartisanship.

    I am a registered Dem that leans toward the center and voted for Obama because I trusted his claims transparency, I thought he may really be different then the career politicians and boy was I wrong. He has failed and you best believe I will not vote for him again.

  • gnewsome1 Sep 15, 2011

    BTW, he is a Democrat, not a Republican as some on here have erroneously stated. Check the facts.

  • gnewsome1 Sep 15, 2011

    Elcid,Jimmy Crawford will leave the Legislature when he wants to. He actually represents the people who elect him, which is why he continues to be re-elected. This is a conservative district. We support him.

  • elcid liked Ike Sep 14, 2011

    "The article does not mention that he changed parties."

    I don't see that he's ever officially switched parties, but the idea that he's ever been a Democrat in anything but name is a joke. The man held fundraisers for Burr and Dole in his home.

    Just another turncoat to target for elimination.

  • elcid liked Ike Sep 14, 2011

    Nice quid pro quo ...

  • hp277 Sep 14, 2011

    I am looking forward to the challenge to Crawford in the Democratic primary. He's gone too far off the reservation supporting the Republican budget, the Republican redistricting plan, and the crazy marriage amendment.

    He may as well just go ahead and switch parties.

  • socialjustice64 Sep 14, 2011

    Hey clrollins - liberal or not, you can't call it bipartisan if the man had to change his party affiliation in order to keep his budget appointment!

    I wonder if anyone is investigating whether the change in party was suggested as part of the offer to become chief budget writer!

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Sep 14, 2011

    The article does not mention that he changed parties.

  • clrollins Sep 14, 2011

    Hey Mercury! What happened to your love a bipartisanship? You libs are so predictable.

  • Capt Mercury Sep 14, 2011

    So a politician changes sides to keep his authority in budget writing. Is that really news? All most of these folks want is power at any cost.