Duncan takes a pass on primarying Ellmers

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To the disappointment of many conservatives in The Second Congressional District, The State of North Carolina, and the nation, Chatham County GOP chairman Jim Duncan is taking a pass on a run for Congress in 2014.  We obtained this statement from Duncan’s team:

“I have spent the last several weeks meeting with citizens in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District listening to what’s important to them. It’s been a rich and rewarding experience that reminds me why North Carolina is such a special state. North Carolinians care deeply about their faith and families, and our future as a state and nation. The folks I had the privilege to speak with reaffirmed this, and expressed encouragement and enthusiasm for my potential run for Congress. I am deeply honored by the strong outpouring of support, and as such have given this opportunity and responsibility serious consideration.

“In the final estimation, it became clear to me and my family that I can have a greater—and more lasting—impact by continuing my work fighting for a better North Carolina and the future of our children outside the halls of Congress. [...]

“I want to thank the many concerned citizens with whom I’ve had the privilege to engage in meaningful conversation in the last several months. Your encouragement to run for office is humbling. I remain grateful for the trust you have placed in me. Your concerns are real and valid. We have reason to be worried about the direction of our country.

Given this, I have refocused my life journey so that our children can dream of greatness once again. Like Ronald Reagan, I will remain the eternal optimist and see the glass half full – not only because of my strong faith in God, but also my enduring faith in man.”

The statement hints at some possibly interesting developments in the near future:

“In the coming weeks I will be exploring some exciting and groundbreaking opportunities that will take the cause for advancing conservative solutions in North Carolina to the next level. Listening well and being responsive to the hopes, dreams, wants and desires of North Carolinians will be at the heart of these efforts. [...]

I talked with a source close to Duncan who tells me that his man is interested in establishing a conservative alternative to the George Soros-funded BluePrintNC  — hopefully evoking memories for many old political hands in North Carolina of the late Senator Jesse Helms’ Congressional Club.

Duncan’s decision leaves Raleigh broadcaster Frank Roche as the only announced opponent — GOP or otherwise — for incumbent Renee Ellmers.

4 comments for “Duncan takes a pass on primarying Ellmers

  1. Nancy in Craven
    October 18, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    That’s a shame, as I see Ellmers as ripe for the picking. She has sided with the establishment GOP and made many foolish decisions. A true conservative could take her down in the primary.

  2. Raphael
    October 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    The other bad thing about this announcement is that Duncan’s expected entry has kept other potential challengers from exploring the race. Roche is not a great candidate, but he is better than Ellmers. Hopefully, we can do better and come up with a new candidate.

  3. Kathy
    October 20, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    I think that Duncan did not want to split the vote 3 ways, which would have been in Ellmers’ favor. While I would have favored Duncan, Roche is far better than Ellmers since she has proven over and over in her words and votes that she is owned lock, stock and barrel by GOP, Inc. Ellmers will vote however Boehner/Cantor tell her to vote. She plans to vote for amnesty, which will be the final nail in America’s coffin. We MUST replace her.

  4. Larry Holmquist
    November 27, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Although I don’t live in the 2nd District, I sent Ellmers about $100 and worked the phones for a day in her Dunn office during the 2010 campaign. Oh, how I wish I had my money and that day back!

    It’s a shame Mr. Duncan will not challenge this phony in the primary–he’d win big! Surely, there must be a strong constitutional conservative somewhere in the 2nd District to take her on and expose her for the fraud she is!

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