October 31, 2017/Press

Does Rep. Meadows Stand Behind Lt. Gov. Forest After Forest Campaigned with Violent, Extremist Group?

Raleigh – Earlier this month, Rep. Meadows (R-NC) threw his public support behind Lt. Gov. Dan Forest for Governor, saying:

“I’m supporting Lt. (Gov.) Dan Forest,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, a Republican who represents western North Carolina and serves as chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. “He’ll make a great nominee and hopefully a great governor.”

Since his endorsement, the News & Observer revealed that Forest met with members of an extremist and violent group that reportedly enslaved young people, sexually abused minors, and viciously beat their members. When asked to condemn the group, Forest spokesman dodged the question, saying, Forest is “concerned with the well being of all 10 million plus citizens of our great state.”

Does Rep. Meadows still think Forest, who fundraised with and has yet to condemn a violent extremist group, is fit to be Governor?

The Word of Faith not only abused their members, they placed people in public office to squash investigations into their abuse, including the husband of the woman Forest was photographed with. Frank Webster was an assistant prosecutor but was removed in March 2017 after ex-members of the Word of Faith said he derailed criminal investigations into abuse by church leaders.

Lt. Gov. Forest is campaigning to be the Governor of NC yet he’s meeting with the wife of someone who reportedly used his place in public office to derail a criminal investigation into their violent, extremist group. Does Rep. Meadows still stand with Forest?

“Dan Forest is actively courting members of a violent group who not only beat women and infants but put people into high levels of our state government to derail investigations into their abuse,” NCDP Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds said. “The public deserves to know whether Representative Meadows condones the actions of this group and whether he still thinks Lt. Gov. Forest is the best choice for Governor and why.”

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