I know Bob took some hits from the the Progressives here a while back and I'm his big defender here so I thought I'd let you know about a challenge he will be getting in 2010. Remember Bob has supported our President and health care reform despite getting raked over the coals from the right and the left. He is a highly ethical man, that is truly a public servant, character traits that seem hard to find these days.
I'm wondering if this new challenge is an Art Pope recruit? I don't think she can win in the second but it may well be a tough year for Democrats in general and the district is very conservative. Given Bob's support of progress for our nation in areas like health care it's not going to be a shoe in. If Art Pope's money and organizations jump in it could get dicey. If you are not aware Bob won the seat about 14 years ago from David Funderburk, a Campbell professor, Helms disciple, and just plain right wing nut.
Here's a little on Renee Ellmers announcement to run from the conservative newspaper, The Dunn Daily Record. The article doesn't say it but she and her husband traveled in the Americans for Prosperity bus across the state and that is where she started making her speeches to the crowds. I have to wonder about the Pope's puppets connections.
By BRIAN HANEY
Of The Record Staff
Dunn resident Renee Ellmers has announced she will run as a Republican candidate against seven-term U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge of Lillington for the U.S. House District 2 seat........
Between health care, Cap and Trade and the stimulus plan, Mrs. Ellmers said the current administration’s goals are “having a devastating effect on our country and we need to turn that around.”.......
And she said Rep. Etheridge has voted for all of those initiatives.
“He is in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi and the far left,” she said.
At first, she said a run for Congress was not part of her plans. It was the health care issue that brought her to town hall meetings and rallies. She and her husband started speaking out against what she calls “misinformation ... about how the health care field felt about government-run health care” at those meetings.........
Mrs. Ellmers said much of the pending legislation put forth by the Obama administration is “geared to harm our country, but health care to me right now is the most detrimental because it will mean such a huge growth in government.”
Instead of a public option and other ideas being put forth by the Democratic Congress, she said tort reform and insurance portability would be two more effective methods of reforming the current system.
Fear of lawsuits, she said, “causes physicians to practice defensive medicine” when they should be free to “rely on the skills that they learned in medical school in diagnosing disease.”
She said people should be able to take their health insurance with them when they change jobs and purchase coverage across state lines.
“We need free market solutions to health care reform,” she said.