In a surprising twist to an already crowded North Carolina's 4th Congressional District primary, 2008 GOP nominee, B.J. Lawson, has committed to entering the field.
In a statement released on Tuesday, he wrote:
"Recent polling data suggests 2010 will be much different than 2008. Specifically, 72% of North Carolina Republicans say they are "definitely voting" in 2010, while only 67% of Democrats say the same; furthermore, our district's turnout was greatly influenced by the Obama campaign. Our commitment to challenge Price has been further fueled by recent upsets across the country, numerous requests from our grassroots volunteers, and the stubborn refusal of our government to do the right thing even when confronted with overwhelming public opposition."
- Economic freedom to create our own jobs and businesses
- Health care freedom that returns medicine to patients and providers
- Zero tolerance for bailouts and corporate welfare
- A federal government that operates within the Constitution
- Honest and transparent government
The official announcement and filing will come in Raleigh on Wednesday.
KCC feels that this shakes up the field a bit. Lawson, is well-known throughout the 4th district as he won a bruising primary in 2008 and went on to face Price in the general election. Though Congressman David Price won re-election easily in the gerrymandered district drawn just for him, conventional wisdom tells us that every member of Congress is vulnerable in 2010. Anti-Obama backlash is high this year, as the President's missteps are following him where ever he goes.
Roche has been in the race for more than a year but with Lawson's national fund-raising connections from the Republican Liberty Caucus, he should easily be able to out-raise everyone in the field, eventually moving ahead of Roche.
Many 4th District and NC GOP activists only became involved after the election of President Barrack Obama angered and fired them up. Most of these might not remember Lawson and but they do know Roche. Lawson, must now reach out to these new believers and share his story.
Price can always be counted on to vote the wrong way on any issue for a fiscal conservative. In a year when the issues are tilted towards fiscal and financial, Price has never met a tax increase he didn't like. But, he knows how to put a good spin on the issue.
History from Your Blogger's Memory
Price was first elected to Congress in 1986, defeating then- Congressman and former UNC Athletic Director Bill Cobey. Cobey went on to become NCGOP State Chairman and a candidate for Governor. Cobey had defeated long-serving Democrat Congressman Ike Andrews in 1984, after Andrews received a DUI. (Your blogger volunteered for Cobey as a College Republican at the time.)
In 1994, in an off-year election during former President Bill Clinton's first term, former Raleigh Police Chief Fred Heineman surprisingly defeated Price. (The district then covered most, if not all of Raleigh, and was more Republican friendly.)
The Heineman campaign had already scheduled to turn off all but one telephone line, beginning the day after the election, and reporters, volunteers, and well-wishers could not get through. The Chief, as he insisted on being called, was as shocked as anyone. Sadly, Price returned to Congress two years later and has kept his seat since.
However, anti-Obama sentiments are much stronger than any anti-Clinton feelings ever were. If the GOP keeps working hard and rallies the faithful, Congress is ours for the taking. However, KCC feels we must have no more "restroom incidents" or mistresses in Argentina!
Congressman Price is a fixture on the local Chamber of Commerce circuit. During this blogger's tenure at the Cary Chamber of Commerce, she wrote their newsletter as part of her position as Director of Public and Governmental Affairs.
Anytime KCC said anything negative about Rep. Price, his office was on the phone, wanting to schedule a speaking engagement, which he, naturally received.
Price is always accessible but we have no doubt that the Republican who defeats him will be, as well!