Democrat appointed budget-writer in GOP-led House
Posted September 14, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. — 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.