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An Education in Washington Politics [Carter Wrenn on the Ellmers-Etheridge race and recount]
Talking About Politics ^ | Carter Wrenn

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 can’t take anything for granted so she’s scrambling to raise $50,000 for the recount – but the NRCC still won’t 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: She’s already had an education in Washington politics.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: ellmers; etheridge; recount; whoareyou
Posted at the request of an HTML-challenged FReeper! Please take the time to read this, and don't forget to take a look at the Renee Ellmers for Congress Recount Fund link.
1 posted on 11/05/2010 1:01:27 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: GOP-Pat

Here it is!


2 posted on 11/05/2010 1:01:58 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: MitchellC

NC ping please?


3 posted on 11/05/2010 1:02:29 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day

Bump. You can’t ever trust Democrats. As for Republicans, trust but verify.


4 posted on 11/05/2010 1:12:20 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: Constitution Day

Heard on Rush’s show @ about 2:30 EST the NRCC is now going to help Ellmers with the recount.


5 posted on 11/05/2010 1:13:00 PM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: Constitution Day

That is not a secure link.


6 posted on 11/05/2010 1:13:24 PM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (If I weren't afraid of the feds, I would refer to Obama as our "undocumented POTUS")
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To: Truth is a Weapon

It didn’t trip any alarm bells for me, and a trusted Freeper sent it to me.


7 posted on 11/05/2010 1:17:01 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day

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 ???


8 posted on 11/05/2010 1:17:38 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: dr_who

Very true!


9 posted on 11/05/2010 1:19:05 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: ScottinVA
Heard on Rush’s show @ about 2:30 EST the NRCC is now going to help Ellmers with the recount.

GREAT NEWS!!

10 posted on 11/05/2010 1:20:38 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day

...so we’re going to roll over and let the looney left steal another election.

Fantastic.

Just fantastic.


11 posted on 11/05/2010 1:22:37 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Tzimisce

See #5 above!


12 posted on 11/05/2010 1:24:56 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day

She needs some pro-bono attorneys....quick.

This needs exposure.


13 posted on 11/05/2010 1:28:37 PM PDT by jamz
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To: Constitution Day

Yeah I know.

That said, lawyers and money didn’t help Norm Coleman. :(

But we at least have to try.


14 posted on 11/05/2010 1:32:39 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Constitution Day
Just gave $20.

FUNRCC.

15 posted on 11/05/2010 1:33:52 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Government has no other end, but the preservation of property." --John Locke)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I gave them $50 last night!


16 posted on 11/05/2010 1:37:05 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Tzimisce

Absolutely!


17 posted on 11/05/2010 1:37:41 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
A post above says that Rush said on his show today that the NRCC is stepping in.

Wish I knew that ten minutes ago.

18 posted on 11/05/2010 1:38:32 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Government has no other end, but the preservation of property." --John Locke)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Sorry! I have donated to the Ellmers campaign before.

I live right next door to her district in the NC’s 1st Congressional District.


19 posted on 11/05/2010 1:49:37 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: jamz

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.)


20 posted on 11/05/2010 2:52:39 PM PDT by piytar (There is evil. There is no such thing as moderate evil. Never forget.)
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To: 100%FEDUP; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; ~Vor~; a4drvr; Adder; Aegedius; Afronaut; alethia; ...

NC *Ping*

Please FRmail MitchellC if you want to be added to or removed from this North Carolina ping list.
21 posted on 11/05/2010 10:25:28 PM PDT by MitchellC
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To: Constitution Day

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.


22 posted on 11/05/2010 10:37:04 PM PDT by MitchellC
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To: Constitution Day

Thanks!!


23 posted on 11/05/2010 10:46:06 PM PDT by GOP-Pat
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To: MitchellC

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.


24 posted on 11/05/2010 10:59:04 PM PDT by GOP-Pat
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