Letter to Editor, The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC: 3/5/2019, unpublished*):
In response to “After Harris reversal, new election ordered” (The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC: February 22, 2019, p. 1A):
March 5, 2019—I always feel a little uncomfortable whenever the democratic results of an election are overturned, for any reason. I feel a little uncomfortable in this case, in the ordering of a new election in the 9th, although I realize that the election was, in fact, tainted.
When the defending candidate, Mark Harris, admits defeat and calls for a new election, then all bets are off. Arguing for anything other than a new election becomes an ugly exercise in beating a dead horse.
The turning point in these hearings came when the candidate’s son, John Harris, testified against his father, telling the Board and the world that he warned his father about McCrae Dowless before his father hired him (February 21).
Time to move on to the new election.
—Nicholas Patti, Charlotte, NC
* This letter went unpublished in The Charlotte Observer. I was unable to check the letters in one print edition of a Sunday paper, and I could not check all letters posted on-line. The paper did not notify me of any intent to publish the letter. The paper did acknowledge receipt of the letter, however.