This is a repost of my weekly column at Da Tech Guy:
NC’s Rep. Ellmers Seeing Multiple Challengers – and For Good Reasons.
By A.P. Dillon
Back in April, I took a look at the 2016 GOP challengers for a few districts in North Carolina. Today I’d like to zero in on one in particular.
North Carolina’s 2nd House Congressional District is currently occupied by Renee Ellmers, who defeated Democrat incumbent, Bob Etheridge, in the 2010 election.
During the 2010, Ellmers was touted as a Tea Party candidate. She beat Etheridge by nearly 64,000 votes.
Granted, Ellmers had a little help in 2010 with momentum from the Tea party and well, from Etheridge himself when he was caught screaming at and arguably assaulting a student journalist on camera outside a Nancy Pelosi fundraiser.
Once elected, Ellmers seemed to stick to her campaign promises – at least for part of her first term. It wasn’t long until Ellmers was seen to be in a comfortable spot in John Boehner’s little army, complete with committee appointments.
In the 2012 election, Ellmers saw 2 challengers. One reason for multiple challengers might have been redistricting that occurred, however the bigger reason was Ellmers had fallen flat on keeping the promises that put her in office. One big reason at the time was her 2011 vote in support of raising the debt ceiling.
After 2012, her positions and votes just got worse and that led to Ellmers getting Frank Roche as a primary challenger in 2014. Roche was defeated and then Ellmers went on to defeat the Democrat candidate and American Idol runner-up, Clay Aiken. I covered a bit of the NC-02 race here at Da Tech Guy, if one wants to see what happened at that circus.
In 2014, Ellmers had her own caught on camera debacle when she insulted citizens who came to her office to confront her on Amnesty. Ellmers was caught on video yelling at them, “You don’t have any damn facts!”. Ouch. Definitely not a great moment for the Congresswoman and an ironic one, given the video of Etheridge raging at a camera person assisted in his downfall.
Now here we are in 2015, with 2016 around the corner. Ellmers this time around has not one, but three primary challengers. They include Frank Roche, who is giving it another go, Jim Duncan and Kay Daly, a sketchy late comer to the race.
Why so many trying to unseat her?
The voters who put her there didn’t do so in order for her to vote yes on things like Amnesty for Illegals, for the Reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank and on reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. Also, her squishy maneuvering around abortion issues, like the pain capable bill, doesn’t help her at all.
Flash forward to 2015 and Rep. Ellmers has earned herself truly terrible conservative ranking with Heritage Foundation. Actually, if you look at it, it’s really a liberal ranking. Heritage awarded her a 60% out of 100 score. She’s 3rd from the bottom of the list of North Carolina Republicans.
Her record has gotten so bad, that one of her opponents has managed to populate an entire website with her failures. The site is really pretty brilliant. It’s called AskHerWhy.net and it hits Ellmers on everything from Illegal immigration to Abortion.
With voter outrage building, it is not hard to see why momentum is building to unseat Ellmers in 2016.
A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
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