Rumors of affair fueling primary race in US House NC 2nd District

As I prefer not to be served with any "cease and desist" papers, I will only quote a recent article by Taylor Knopf of the News and Observer:

Members of Congress are on a break this week, and [Rep. Renee] Ellmers has been moving around the [2nd] district. But she has been declining most interview requests. One of her opponents said a GOP meeting this week included a prohibition on video or audio recordings in what appeared to be an “act of censorship made at the request of the Ellmers camp.

Paul Woolverton. a politcal reporter for the Fayetteville Observer, wrote a long story describing a local event at which Rep. Ellmers, the Republican incumbent House member, attended. The Congresswoman met with Woolverton and a reporter from WRAL on the condition that the alleged affair with U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California not be addressed in the interviews. WTVD refused the request to not ask questions of the rumors circulating first in Washington and now in North Carolina. The WTVD on-camera reporter had the door to the event closed in her face. That scene was shown on the WTVD evening newscast.

This is more from the N&O on Friday:

Ellmers declined repeated requests to discuss the rumors. Ellmers appeared on a WFNC radio show early in the week and described what has happened as a side of politics that “rears its ugly head.”

Yeah, Renee.

Kinda like when poor former Democrat Rep. Bob Etheridge was shadowed and confronted by video toting guns for hire on a sidewalk in Washington, D. C. The Congressman's unfortunate response to a couple of young men paid to hound him by the GOP ended a long, distinguished political career and his job as Congressman--with a little extra push by Ellmers' campaign. How ironic that Ellmers and her campaign staff are now avoiding video cameras.

Ellmers rode a wave of fear and anger about "Obamacare" into office. But without the video taping of Bob Etheridge, she would still be a small town nurse in Dunn, NC. The video of Ethridge shoving away the young man was played and replayed on the airwaves in newscasts and in political commercials.

While on the subject of my Congressional Representative: Might I add a quote given by Ellmers' campaign manager about her plans on what his candidate would do, if she were elected to Congress? I was instructed during her first political campaign against Etheridge not to even ask the candidate about issues. I was told when I asked to do a phone interview, "Renee Ellmers is going to be elected, and she is going to Washington and she will do what the GOP Leadership tells her to do. That is all you need to know about her position on the issues."

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Cleanup on Aisle 7

Martha's post is very informative, but somehow there are 9 identical posts in a row. Whar's mah shootin' iron?

No, not for shootin' Renee. http://thefogbow.com/forum/images/smilies/naughty.gif For getting rid of the 8 dupes, of course..

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The page where you compose posts SAYS that the < img > tag will work. Apparently, that's no longer operative. Apologies.

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The most telling quote

I was instructed during her first political campaign against Etheridge not to even ask the candidate about issues. I was told when I asked to do a phone interview, "Renee Ellmers is going to be elected, and she is going to Washington and she will do what the GOP Leadership tells her to do. That is all you need to know about her position on the issues."

People may be all aflutter about the rumors, but this is really the most disturbing thing about Ellmers. Why vote for a candidate that's just going to be a shill ?

Renee Ellmers and the rumor mill

I agree mainly with your point, but it is disconcerting as well that Renee Ellmers had no basis for positions on the issues and really no political experience, when she first ran for office.

Her political resume consisted of being a volunteer for the Koch Brothers connected Americans for Prosperity.

Chris Rey is a military vet with connections in the Ft. Bragg community that sits in the heart of the 2nd District. He and his family are attractive, and he does know the issues. I sorely wish Rey would reconsider running in the 2nd District and leave the US Senate race to kick Renee's derriere and go to Congress.

Martha Brock