Editorial: Nation needs Burr to deliver now on 2016 campaign promise
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2019 -- Sen. Richard Burr may not want to rush but it is important that he is diligent and not dawdle. He needs to demonstrate that he won't be cowed by the goon-like threats coming from President Donald Trump's loyalists. Burr promised he'd be an uncompromising presence -- withstanding and rising above partisanship when time and circumstance demand it. That time is now.Posted — Updated
Sen. Richard Burr wants people to believe he’s genuine.
After the headline-grabbing televised House Intelligence Committee grilled Joseph Maguire, the acting director of National Intelligence, Burr’s Senate committee heard from Maguire behind closed doors about allegations in a whistleblower complaint that President Donald Trump used the power of his office to solicit a foreign nation’s interference in the 2020 elections.
North Carolinians cannot rely on Sen. Thom Tillis – who quakes at every Trump tweet and parrots whatever spin the White House sends out.
The time is now for Burr to stand up. He needs to assure his constituents that his priority is the integrity of the presidency and the independence of the Senate and legislative branch of government.
Burr can take his place among senators from neighboring states, but different sides of the partisan isle, who put the nation above politics. Forty-six years ago North Carolina’s Sam Ervin and Tennessee’s Howard Baker helped lift our nation out from its “long national nightmare.”
Burr made a pledge to North Carolina voters in 2016. Burr now needs to let his constituents know, in no uncertain terms, that the time has come and he will deliver.