Congressional candidate Crisco dead

It's being reported on Twitter, but WRAL has the full story - Keith Crisco, who was Clay Aiken's opponent for the Democratic nomination in Congressional District 2, died in a fall at his home today. Crisco was trailing Aiken by 369 votes in the primary.

"This is a shocking day," Crone said. "I have known Keith for nearly 30 years and consider him a good friend. He has done a great deal for his community and his state. I will miss his insights and his wry sense of humor and his keen mind for math and statistics."

In last Tuesday's primary, Crisco was trailing Aiken by 369 votes, according to unofficial totals. Crisco said in a statement Wednesday that he was waiting for county canvasses to see if the race remained close enough for him to request a recount or whether he and Aiken would go to a July runoff.

Crone said he had spoken with Crisco earlier in the day and that Crisco said he planned to concede the race Tuesday.

Aiken, who will presumably advance to face Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers in the November general election, said he plans to suspend his campaign for a while to pray for Crisco's family.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Crisco's family.


Clay Aiken shows some class.

You may have noticed the NCDP statement on Mr. Crisco's death:
“I got to know Secretary Crisco when Governor Perdue appointed him to be her Secretary of Commerce” said Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller. “Keith was a brilliant problem solver who liked to make good, solid public policy. He would have made a great Congressman and I know he felt strongly that the Second Congressional District needed new leadership in Washington. The Democratic family and North Carolina has lost a strong leader and our condolences go out to the Crisco family and community.”

Also the town of Asheboro made a statement, both of these reflect Crisco's obvious intelligence and public service to his community:
The City of Asheboro is saddened to learn of the death of former City Council member Keith Crisco. Mr. Crisco served 1 and 1/2 terms on the City Council prior to his appointment as the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce in January, 2009. During his time on the City Council, he consistently demonstrated the intellect and steadfastness that made him so successful. In addition to his exceptional public service record which also included time on the Asheboro City Schools Board of Education, Mr. Crisco served on several non-profit boards and organizations and was an accomplished businessman, having helped to launch Asheboro Elastics Company in 1986.

But what impressed me most was Clay Aiken's simplicity and adherence to his southern heritage. He said:
"I am stunned and deeply saddened by Keith Crisco’s death. Keith came from humble beginnings. No matter how high he rose – to Harvard, to the White House and to the Governor’s Cabinet – he never forgot where he came from.
He was a gentleman, a good and honorable man and an extraordinary public servant. I was honored to know him."

He said, Keith Crisco was a gentleman. That is the finest thing one can say about any man I think.

I know people who actually preferred Aiken voted for Crisco on the electability issue. Crisco was about to concede, according to some reports, rather than divide the party with a fight.

The man was a gentleman.

May all Democrats, now the Primary Election is over, use this gentleman's example and unite behind our candidates. Our opponents are the Republicans. Let's turn North Carolina blue again.