The GOP primary challenger to incumbent Renee Ellmers picked up a big in-district endorsement today. Former Moore County GOP chairman Bob Levy — the immediate predecessor to current chairman John Rowderdink — has publicly endorsed the candidacy of Republican Frank Roche for North Carolina’s Second congressional district seat:
“Based upon the position of Congress Member Ellmers endorsing amnesty for illegal immigrants, I am proud to endorse the candidacy of Frank Roche for Congress. The position of Frank Roche opposing amnesty and favoring secure borders will save the jobs and raise the salaries of middle class American citizen workers.”
Ellmers has been getting ravaged politically over the issue of illegal immigration. She had a testy, confrontational interview with nationally-syndicated radio show host Laura Ingraham, and was caught on video chewing out a constituent group that tried to meet with her to urge opposition to amnesty.
Levy, a Southern Pines native who practices law and owns small businesses, was first elected Moore County party chairman in the wake of Richard Morgan’s defeat in the 2006 GOP primary for NC House. The Moore County GOP had been torn apart during the Morgan era by fighting between Morgan supporters and opponents. Levy has been credited with being a peacemaker and a bridge figure — calming the situation down, growing the party ranks, and bringing people back into the fold who left during the Morgan era in-fighting.