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Congressman [Richard Burr, R-NC 5] eyes seat in U.S. Senate
Rocky Mount Telegram [Rocky Mount, NC] ^ | June 3, 2003 | Ned B. Hunter

Posted on 06/04/2003 8:49:20 AM PDT by Constitution Day

Congressman eyes seat in U.S. Senate

By NED B. HUNTER, Rocky Mount Telegram

U.S. Rep. Richard Burr officially has filed as a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Burr, R-5th District, filed a statement of candidacy for the Senate on March 3 with the Secretary of the Senate in the Office of Public Information in the Senate, which forwarded the filing to the Federal Elections Commission the same day.

"I have done everything short of making a formal announcement," Burr told a Telegram reporter on Tuesday. "I have even closed my House (campaign finance) account."

Raymond Davis, a campaign specialist in the Senate Office of Public Records, said Burr, 47, filed a 127-page campaign report on April 15 for the first quarter of 2003.

The Senate public records office later received a 127-page U.S. House committee termination report stamped May 6, confirming that Burr has closed his House finance committee, Davis said.

Campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission name Burr's Senate committee, based in Winston-Salem, as the Richard Burr Committee. The report also states that the committee has nearly $2.1 million.

"I think that we can conclude that from that I am running for the U.S. Senate," Burr said.

Campaigning last Wednesday at a private gathering sponsored by N.C. Rep. Bill Daughtridge, R-Nash, at Rose Hill Farm outside Nashville, Burr criticized U.S. Rep. John Edwards, R-N.C., for spending too much time campaigning for the presidency and not being in Washington, D.C., during critical votes.

"John Edwards seems to have forgotten where he's come from," he said.

Burr said the decision to run for the Senate was an easy one, because he had promised his constituents he would not run for more than five terms in the U.S. House. Now, he said, he wants to take his experience to the Senate so he can continue serving North Carolina.

The White House has urged Burr to run for the Senate, which he said is a great honor and also an incredible responsibility.

"There are expectations that go with it," Burr said. "The White House will not tell you what to do, but they aren't shy about calling and seeing how you are doing."

Burr, who is the vice chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, said it was important to increase the Republican advantage in the Senate to eliminate gridlock and pass legislation.

"We had a 51-49 majority in the Senate, and it still took the vice president to cast the tie-breaking vote for the tax cut," he said. "We can't get the Senate to take up a prescription drug plan for seniors. The Senate won't take it up for the fourth time in a row, after the House again passed it."

While Burr said it was an advantage to begin campaigning nearly 11 months before the state primary because he could do things at his own pace, he said there was a danger.

"We're so far out from the election that people can forget about you," he said.

Burr said he has not officially declared his candidacy because of outside factors.

"It's tough for me to make a formal announcement, because I think that is matter of timing," he said. "We anticipate a formal announcement in late summer or early fall."

The filing period for candidates in North Carolina begins in February.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: northcarolina; oldnorthstate; richardburr; unhelpful

1 posted on 06/04/2003 8:49:20 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Carolina; Windom Earle; mykdsmom
PING
2 posted on 06/04/2003 8:50:37 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
Sweet.
3 posted on 06/04/2003 8:56:59 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (I barbeque with Sweet Baby Ray's)
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To: Constitution Day
Edwards will have to drop out and if he tries to
stay in he will not get above single digits
in any state.
Burr will defeat Edwards.
I would rate this top Republican pick up
even better than South Carolina.
4 posted on 06/04/2003 8:58:03 AM PDT by Princeliberty
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To: Congressman Billybob
Any comments?
5 posted on 06/04/2003 9:04:28 AM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (Soccer Mom's flee the Rats for Bush in his flight suit: I call this the Moisture Factor. MF high!)
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To: Constitution Day
bttt
always nice to defeat a presidential candidate!
6 posted on 06/04/2003 9:06:49 AM PDT by votelife (FREE MIGUEL ESTRADA!)
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To: Constitution Day
Rep Richard Burr: New GOP gladiator in North Carolina [NRSC]
There is little mystery why U.S. Rep. Richard Burr has become the hottest commodity in the North Carolina Republican Party -- the White House's choice for the Senate seat held by Democrat John Edwards.

Burr, a 47-year-old Winston-Salem resident, is bright enough to master the intricacies of national health-care policy, funny enough to trade quips with radio host Don Imus, and charming enough to sell his political views the way he once sold microwaves. With the endorsement of party elders ranging from former Sen. Jesse Helms to former Gov. Jim Martin, Burr is making a strong effort to lock up the GOP Senate nomination 20 months before the 2004 election. "I think Richard Burr is a new generation of Republican," said Ed Gillespie, a Republican strategist in Washington who was heavily involved in President Bush's and Sen. Elizabeth Dole's most recent campaigns. "He is a mainstream conservative when it comes to taxes and national security issues. But it is very hard to make him scary to moderates and swing voters and suburban women. He doesn't polarize."

Go, Richard, Go!
7 posted on 06/04/2003 9:06:55 AM PDT by Carolina
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To: Carolina
Our best bet to defeat incumbent Edwards is Sue Myrick. I just believe Burr has the name recognition.
8 posted on 06/04/2003 9:15:28 AM PDT by dwilli
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To: dwilli
Has Sue expressed any desire to run?
9 posted on 06/04/2003 9:18:06 AM PDT by Carolina
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To: Carolina; dwilli
Myrick ruled out a run around Christmas. Burr will not have major competition in the primary. Where y'all BEEN?
10 posted on 06/04/2003 9:38:37 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (I barbeque with Sweet Baby Ray's)
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To: JohnnyZ
I saw Burr speak to in Greenville [NC] to those interested in his candidacy, and was VERY impressed.
I believe he will be our next US Senator.
11 posted on 06/04/2003 9:40:01 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
Burr will win.
12 posted on 06/04/2003 9:41:19 AM PDT by Rebelbase (........The bartender yells, "hey get out of here, we don't serve breakfast!")
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To: *Old_North_State; **North_Carolina; mykdsmom; 100%FEDUP; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; ~Vor~; ...
NC ping!
Please FRmail me if you want to be added to or removed from this North Carolina ping list.
13 posted on 06/04/2003 9:41:21 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
Burr has the slightest hint of Sean Connery about him.

I'm just saying.

14 posted on 06/04/2003 9:46:32 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (I barbeque with Sweet Baby Ray's)
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To: Constitution Day
The White House has urged Burr to run for the Senate, which he said is a great honor and also an incredible responsibility.

"There are expectations that go with it," Burr said. "The White House will not tell you what to do, but they aren't shy about calling and seeing how you are doing."

Read: They won't tell you what to do, but they will slyly suggest that you tow the party line once in office, even if it means selling out your own constituency

15 posted on 06/04/2003 9:52:29 AM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: Constitution Day

16 posted on 06/04/2003 9:55:39 AM PDT by kayak (Do not bet against the success of freedom. - GWB 5/9/03)
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To: JohnnyZ
Burr has the slightest hint of Sean Connery about him.
I'm just saying.

LOL!
That's fine with me; Sean Connery made the absolute best James Bond anyway.


17 posted on 06/04/2003 10:05:49 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: billbears
You are nothing if not consistent, sir.
I knew that sentence would be what you picked up on first.

Burr has a 2002 ACU rating of 96 and a lifetime rating of 91.
Not as good as Helms was, but I doubt we'll ever see another one like him.

I'm waiting to see what they will give your favorite Senator next year. :)

18 posted on 06/04/2003 10:11:48 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
Armed Pilots. HR 4635 (Roll Call 288)
2002-07-10
The amendment would allow pilots to be armed in commercial aircraft as deputized federal officers to combat terrorism. ACU supported the amendment, which passed 250-175 on 10 July 2002.
ACU supported this bill.

Ah, but he voted against this bill. Now the question is did he vote against the bill because he didn't believe pilots should be armed or did he vote against the bill because he believed pilots shouldn't be armed as federal officials (government intrusion)?

And you're right, we will never see another Helms, and I don't even want to think about what you know who will get on this. Can they rank negative numbers?

19 posted on 06/04/2003 10:33:20 AM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: billbears
I don't know why he voted against that but would like to.
Sue Myrick also voted against.

No, they don't give negatives (LOL) but note Eva Clayton (my former Congresscritter, replaced by Ballance).
She got a big fat GOOSE EGG in '01 and '02.

Plus, she came across as a total moron.

20 posted on 06/04/2003 10:37:52 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
Geez, they do like alike. Burr has a bit of a raspy Connery-like voice, too. Eerie.
22 posted on 06/04/2003 10:44:59 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (I barbeque with Sweet Baby Ray's)
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To: William Creel
I believe you may be thinking of Mel Watt.

Ballance has some scandals going on, though:

05/16/2003: Campaign discrepancies haunt Congressman Frank Ballance [D, NC-1st]
04/25/2003: Rep. Frank Ballance (D-NC) Apologizes, But Stands Up For Hyman Foundation

23 posted on 06/04/2003 10:45:09 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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