The 70 or so Republicans who attended the monthly meeting of the Guilford County GOP on Monday, April 12 got a pleasant surprise.

The top Republican in North Carolina state government was in attendance.

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, who lives in Greensboro and before getting involved in state politics attended Guilford County Republican Party meetings regularly, was there sitting in the crowd with his wife, Yolanda, just like old times.

Robinson has not attended many meetings since he announced he was running for lieutenant governor in front of Greensboro city hall on July 2, 2019.  North Carolina is a big state and campaigning from the mountains to the sea means a lot of time away from home.

The featured speaker for the meeting was District 26 state Sen. David Craven, who represents Randolph County and a portion of southwestern Guilford County.  Craven said that there was no way he was going to speak after Robinson, who attracted national attention with an impromptu three-minute speech he made at a Greensboro City Council meeting in 2018 opposing gun control.  The video of that speech went viral on YouTube and has been viewed millions of times.

However, Robinson did speak at the end of the meeting.  He said he hadn’t planned to attend the meeting because he thought he would have to be in Raleigh on Monday evening, but when his wife mentioned that it was night of the Guilford County GOP meeting, he said, “Fantastic.  We can go see our friends.”

Robinson praised the job Craven was doing in his first full term in the state Senate.

Robinson also talked about some of the issues he was working on in Raleigh and said, “We’re moving forward on F.A.C.T.S. Task Force.”

F.A.C.T.S. stands for Fairness and Accountability in the Classroom for Teachers and Students.

According to the F.A.C.T.S. website, the task force is “exposing indoctrination in the classroom and ensuring that our students are taught how to think – not what to think.”

Robinson has long been speaking out against indoctrination in the classroom and the task force has been formed to further than goal.  The website also states, “The primary goal of this task force is to allow the voices of concerned citizens to be heard regarding public K-12 education in North Carolina.”