North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) says the reason the 12th Congressional District, which has a majority of non-white voters, will be without representation for one year is because “not much goes on in Washington between July and the election anyway.”
U.S. Rep. Mel Watt, D-Charlotte, resigned last week to head the Federal House Finance Agency.
McCrory announced he will not hold a special election and the 12th District will have to wait until the general election. There will be a primary in May, a runoff would happen in July, and the election would take place in November.
Democrats say the plan leaves a district of nearly 1 million citizens without representation for more than 300 days.
McCrory defended this timetable calling it “the simplest, least costly and least confusing option,” according to the Charlotte Observer.
He told MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” Wednesday that he would only have been able to speed up the special election by just a few months anyway.
“I’m sworn to uphold the constitutional laws of North Carolina, and I can’t change those laws between now and that election,” he told host Chuck Todd. “And, again, I have to uphold the election laws, and I made a good decision — I think the only difference in any other option was about two months. And, Chuck, you know and I know that not much goes on in Washington between July and the election anyway, which is a sad commentary on Washington politics.