‘Our message resonated’: Greensboro’s Mark Robinson on his improbable rise to lieutenant governor

'Our message resonated': Greensboro's Mark Robinson on his improbable rise to lieutenant governor

Mark Robinson of Greensboro speaks to the Guilford County school board in 2019. His gun rights speech at a Greensboro City Council meeting in 2018 drew the attention of conservatives. RALEIGH — A Greensboro native went from factory worker to viral video sensation to North Carolina’s next lieutenant governor in less than three years. And Mark Robinson’s win against his opponent, Democratic state Rep. Yvonne Holley, on Tuesday was historic. He became the state’s first Black lieutenant governor, the second African American elected to North Carolina’s Council of State and the first African American Republican to win a major seat since the 1800s. Robinson, 52, said his family never spoke about politics growing up. But his mother talked about her faith, the Bible and morality often with her children. He said it was those discussions growing up that led him to the Republican Party in the 1990s. Robinson’s beliefs, platform and message seemed to appeal to voters. "I think our message resonated more with the things North Carolinians wanted," Robinson said. The viral video Tuesday’s win isn’t the first time Robinson’s message resonated with people. In April 2018, a video of Robinson calling on Greensboro’s City Council to protect his gun rights went viral after it was posted on YouTube. Robinson said he felt compelled to speak to the council after learning that there was discussion of banning the annual gun show at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in response to the Parkland High School shooting in Florida. It was […]

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