RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina political leaders continue to butt heads following a vote on Sept. 11 to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget.
The latest developments included Rep. Darren Jackson (D-Wake) asking for Republican lawmakers to submit to a polygraph test.
Jackson, in a Monday press conference, accused Republican lawmakers of lying about a series of events which led to the vote.
House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) held a press conference Monday afternoon to respond to Jackson’s statements.
“I said from the beginning when I saw a chance to take a vote, I was going to take it,” he said.
Moore further contended that many of the absent Democrats were working on the district re-mapping instead of attending Sept. 11 memorials.
“If there was a plan to override a veto, don’t you think I would have had us (Republicans) at full strength,” Moore asked.
Jackson also insisted Republican leaders take a polygraph test regarding the events surrounding the budget veto override vote.
Jackson maintained that Rules Chairman Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) told him there would be no recorded votes the morning of Sept. 11, which is what Jackson then relayed to other Democrats.
“I believe that Republican House leaders have consistently lied for two weeks now. If they still dispute this, I would challenge their leadership to take a lie detector test. Let me write the questions, and I will gladly pay for it,” he said.
Jackson released the results of a polygraph test he took on Sept. 16 which showed “no physiological reactions indicative of deception.”
Moore replied, “Look, this isn’t the Maury Povich show. This is state government. That’s just a sideshow, and I’m not gonna go down the road of playing games like that. He’s an attorney. I’m an attorney. We all know those things aren’t even admissible.”
Jackson said he’s reviewed video of the session but hasn’t been able to obtain a copy of the video.
Moore said at the beginning of his press conference that the General Assembly police chief would be showing the footage from the Sept. 10 and 11 sessions to members of the media.
Media members were able to watch the video under the supervision of the police chief, but could not release it to the public.
Lewis also released the following statement in response to Jackson’s press conference:
“Rep. Jackson’s threat of a lawsuit demonstrates the Democrats’ continued Sue ‘Til Blue efforts for when they don’t receive the outcomes they want. The Democratic Minority Leader is trying to keep this story relevant by orchestrating a publicity stunt during a slow legislative news week with the goal of revising his previous statements. I don’t need to change the narrative or revise any statements: I stand by my previous remarks.”
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