Skip to comments.An Education in Washington Politics [Carter Wrenn on the Ellmers-Etheridge race and recount]
Posted on 11/05/2010 1:01:23 PM PDT by Constitution Day
An Education in Washington Politics
Election night, after the ten counties in her district reported their votes, Renee Ellmers led incumbent Congressman Bob Etheridge by 2,100 votes. (That number is crucial because under North Carolina law Congressman Etheridge is not entitled to an automatic recount if he trails by more than 1% or 1,888 votes.)
Then the afternoon after the election out of a clear blue sky the vote totals changed. The State Board of Elections reported Mrs. Ellmers lead had dropped to 1,600 votes. The explanation, when it came to light, was as old as time: Human Error.
Meantime, Congressman Etheridge had hot-footed it to a press conference and announced he was going to call for a recount the first chance he got which, of course, he has every right to do.
So, two days after the election Mrs. Ellmers campaign found itself hiring attorneys eleven attorneys in all. One in each county to monitor each voter canvas and recount, and an attorney to work with the State Board of Elections. The minimum cost: $50,000 which is a huge problem because, of course, Mrs. Ellmers campaign spent every penny it had before the election.
Next Mrs. Ellmers campaign appealed to the Republican National Congressional Committee, asking if it could contribute to help pay for the costs of the recount. The answer came back: No, nyet, nix. Mrs. Ellmers, the NRCC said, would have to raise the money to pay for the recount herself which was unfortunate but not unexpected.
Back in June when an NRCC tracker made the famous videotape of Congressman Etheridge assailing the two students on a sidewalk in Washington, the NRCC staunchly denied it had any idea who the tracker was.
In other words, the NRCC misled the press which was a dunderheaded move. Which led to another problem: When Ellmers campaign learned what had actually happened, over the strenuous objections of the NRCC Political Director Brian Walsh and Executive Director Guy Harrison, it told the press the tracker had worked for the NRCC which was then reported in the News and Observer.
Ever since the NRCC has been unremittingly hostile to Renee Ellmers campaign. They planted stories in the press quoting anonymous NRCC spokesmen saying her campaign was incompetent and not ready for primetime and that she was not on their radar screen because she had no chance to win which, of course, made it even harder for Ellmers to raise the money she needed to win.
In the fall, the NRCC poured money into other campaigns in North Carolina but never lifted a finger to help Ellmers. Then on election night every North Carolina candidate the NRCC helped lost and Ellmers won.
Today, Renee Ellmers leads Bob Etheridge by 1600 votes. A lead that in all likelihood will hold up. But, of course, Mrs. Ellmers cant take anything for granted so shes scrambling to raise $50,000 for the recount but the NRCC still wont lift a finger to help. (Mrs. Ellmers campaign has set up a special fund Renee Ellmers for Congress Recount Fund to pay for the recount. To contribute click here.)
Renee Ellmers has had a long, hard campaign but one thing is certain: Shes already had an education in Washington politics.
Here it is!
NC ping please?
Bump. You can’t ever trust Democrats. As for Republicans, trust but verify.
Heard on Rush’s show @ about 2:30 EST the NRCC is now going to help Ellmers with the recount.
That is not a secure link.
It didn’t trip any alarm bells for me, and a trusted Freeper sent it to me.
Let’s add this to the many other stories dealing with the RNC, NRCC, and the NRSC that seem to show the Republican establishment is largely ineffective and even at their best get little bang for their buck.
I wonder who Carter Wrenn likes in the field of candidates for 2012 ???
...so we’re going to roll over and let the looney left steal another election.
See #5 above!
She needs some pro-bono attorneys....quick.
This needs exposure.
Yeah I know.
That said, lawyers and money didn’t help Norm Coleman. :(
But we at least have to try.
I gave them $50 last night!
Wish I knew that ten minutes ago.
Sorry! I have donated to the Ellmers campaign before.
I live right next door to her district in the NC’s 1st Congressional District.
Just informed a close friend who is a very conservative attorney about this, and he sent her an email offering pro-bono assistance. (He usually bills $300 to $400 an hour.)
Wrenn is being silly if he thinks Ellmers won and Pantano, Miller and Johnson lost because Ellmers was a better candidate running a better campaign than them. The likely reason she fared better is she didn’t have any outside groups spending against her. That the NRCC didn’t help her probably worked out better for her in the end, since it kept her off the Dem group’s radar.
Renee had something going for her that the others didn’t and that was her opponent was caught on tape, obviously intoxicated, grabbing a young man around the neck and demanding “who are you” while the camera was rolling. It made national news, plus that district is one that McCain won by 52%...at least I think I remember it being won by McCain. If not obama won it by only 52%, so ..... was one republicans could most likely pick up, with the environment being what it was this time.