And then there were three. Two candidates have joined, Frank Roche, (left) in the GOP primary in North Carolina's 4th Congressional District. Roche, who has been running for at least one year, is presumed to be the leading candidate in the primary based on this fact alone: h e has a huge head start in fundraising.
Another challenger, George Hutchins, is someone your blogger met via via our mutual relationship with the North Carolina Chapter of Americans for Prosperity. Although your blogger assumes Huchins and she share most of the same values, KCC wasn't impressed with what Hutchins said about Roche.
Hutchens told this blogger last October, "if Roche wants to debate, let's start with that name, Roche".
More recently, another candidate has announced his desire to replace David Price. Greg Dority, who you might remember as a 2008 Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, has decided to enter the race. Your blogger has obtained a copy of his email to supporters:
Sent: Sat, January 30, 2010 3:44:31 PM
Subject: Dority to challenge Price (NC-4) (Embargo until Jan 31)
As several of you are aware, I have been considering a run for the Fourth District Congressional seat currently held by Price since the holidays. After intense reflection and consultation, I have decided to enter the race. The general announcement will be issued tomorrow.
Price was defeated in the GOP wave of 1994 and if another Republican tsunami emerges in November we have a chance to take him down. Our message will be focused on economics and the failure of the president's fiscal agenda. There is a huge problem now -- which our analysis sees growing in the coming months -- and by definition Price is part of it.
Having run congressional races in the past I know the form and will be very aggressive with a message of fiscal conservatism. While the problems are complex, the solutions are workable with strong and committed leadership. Those of you having seen me before on the trail know my commitment to hard campaigning -- that philosophy does not waver in this race.
I'm sure I'll be visiting with each of you soon
Dority, may still actually live in the third Congressional District (located in Eastern North Carolina) as he did during his run for Lt. Governor. However, according to NC law, a candidate does not need to live in the district to run for Congress. Case in point: Vernon Robinson. He ran for Congress in the Fifth District and resides in Winston-Salem before being defeated by Virginia Foxx in the primary. A few years later, he ran for Congress in the 13th District, without moving. (Mrs. Foxx went on to win the general election, and is running for re-election in 2010).
Your blogger looks forward to following this race more closely,and will not endorse anyone. Additionally, KCC plans not to endorse anyone in any GOP primary, but one never knows.
We do agree with Dority that this is presumed to be a "GOP Year", much as it was in 1994. That's why we are seeing so many GOP primaries across the state and nation. Your blogger believes this is healthy for our party, so long as the candidates and their handlers do NOT spend too much time or money dismantling one another, to the detriment of the winner in the general election.