Apparently Greg Dority read the writing on the wall, and knew that he had no chance in the crowded, four-man, 4th Congressional District primary race. Despite the fact that the gerrymandered district was drawn up specifically for Congressman David Price, they lined up to take him on.
In a surprise, Dority sent a press release with the unusual announcement.
Dority's Press Release
Washington (NC) Republican, Greg Dority will challenge Democratic incumbent Mel Watt for the North Carolina 12th District congressional seat. Dority had earlier announced plans to file for NC-4 but dropped out of the race after last week's surprise filing by 2008 nominee B.J. Lawson.
"B.J. is a rock star in the Fourth District," Dority said Thursday. "His name ID, funding capacity and similar economic views make my candidacy redundant in the Fourth."
Instead, Dority (left) filed paperwork at the Beaufort County Board of elections Thursday to challenge Watt. His candidacy will be official upon receipt by the State Board of Elections.
"True unemployment in Davidson and Rowan counties exceeds 17%," Dority said. "Mel Watt is always ready to bail out the large financial institutions that have gambled away our children's future, but in the meantime his constituents cannot find jobs and continue to slip down the economic ladder."
Whether Dority will face primary opposition is unclear. In 2004 he won the Republican First District congressional primary.
Frank Roche was the first GOP candidate to challenge David Price, entering the race in May 2009. The race became a primary when he was later joined by a candidate censured by his own party, George Hutchins.
Dority lives in the Third Congressional District of North Carolina, and has run, not only in the first and fourth, but now also in the Twelfth. In 2008, he ran in the GOP primary for Lt. Governor but lost to Charlotte businessman Robert Pittenger. Pittenger went on to lose in the general election.
KCC wishes Dority the best of luck as we need Watt out of Washington. However, with the numerous high offices he has run for and lost, we wonder if perhaps he shouldn't start out with a city council, county commission, state House or state Senate race first.