Video: Rep. Cecil Brockman is a political strategist, that’s why he’s siding with Republicans on health care and education in his safe Democratic district

At a High Point, NC, town hall meeting last week Rep. Cecil Brockman (D-Guilford) shared with voters that he was a “political strategist” before being elected to the NC House. Brockman then cited his strategist background as the reason he plans to join Republicans in overriding Governor Cooper’s veto of their budget. 

Brockman represents a safe Democratic House seat. In House District 60 (Guilford county), nearly 52 percent of registered voters in the district are Democrats and Brockman won reelection in 2018 with 69 percent of the vote. Prior to 2018 no Republican had run for HD60 since 2010

Brockman’s strategy may not play well with his primary voters in 2020. Democratic voters support expanding access to health care through Medicaid expansion, raising teacher pay to the national average, and increasing per-student spending in public schools.

The Republican budget fails to accomplish any of these attainable goals. Governor Cooper and Democrats in the legislature made it clear they’re ready to negotiate a better budget for North Carolinians. It is also clear Republicans do not have the votes to override the Governor’s veto. 

Brockman’s “strategic” decision to stand with Republicans is not only likely to be unpopular with his voters, but, by his own admission, is also unlikely to accomplish anything for his district. With or without Brockman’s help, House Republicans don’t have enough votes to override a veto.