The Republican primary challenger to Renee Ellmers has picked up another key endorsement in the Tar Heel State’s Second Congressional District. The Randolph County Tea Party has spoken its piece about the important May 6 race:
“Beyond a doubt, Frank is the most qualified Congressional candidate to represent North Carolina’s 2nd District. An expert in economics and trade policy, Frank has the experience and knowledge the 2nd District needs for true conservative representation. Strongly opposing amnesty or any other path for legalization of illegal immigrants, we believe Frank will best serve the expectations and desires of the 2nd District citizens, putting them ahead of those here in violation of our immigration laws. Frank exemplifies the character, strength, and intelligence that is needed in D.C. and will use those qualities to stand for the people of Randolph County, NC02, and all citizens of N.C.”
The Randolph County group joins Moore Tea Citizens as the second in-district Tea Party group to endorse Frank Roche’s candidacy. (Roche was also recently endorsed by former Moore County GOP chairman Bob Levy.) Moore and Randolph are the two most-Republican counties in the Second District.
Ellmers has been the victim of some rough publicity lately. She had a rather tense on-air encounter with nationally-syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham. She also had an on-camera run-in with some constituents over the issue of amnesty for illegal aliens.
In 2012, Ellmers lost Randolph County in the GOP primary to the lesser-known, under-funded Richard Speer. She tried to make amends by establishing a district office within the county. It appears THAT hasn’t made much difference.