Skip to comments.The early list of Myrick replacements (NC incumbent retiring)
Posted on 02/07/2012 3:46:50 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
The list of possibilities to replace U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick will surely change by the hour. Within minutes of Myrick's announcement that she won't be seeking another term, Roll Call was up with some obvious names: N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis of Huntersville, state Rep. Ruth Samuelson of Charlotte and state Sen. Bob Rucho of Matthews.
We'll add former state Sen. Robert Pittenger and former Charlotte mayor Richard Vinroot. And don't discount some local prospects, including Mecklenburg county commissioner Jim Pendergraph (who will announce his intention to run, the Observer's Jim Morrill reports) and former City Councilman Edwin Peacock. Here's another: Mecklenburg county commissioner Bill James, whom we asked a moment ago about the seat.
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This could have a crowded primary. Hopefully it won’t become a circular firing squad.
Myrick takes a stand on Obama, Ft.Hood and CAIR:
Wake up America (on Islam)
I hate to see her go. One of the brave ones.
What’s your take on who will replace Myrick?
Pendergraph, Pittenger - Like
James - would be a hoot. He’s grown on me like a fungus. very un-PC, drives lefties batty
Samuleson, Peacock - Nay, too moderate
Not sure about Tillis or Rucho, don’t know them will.
I remember when Myrick was considered a hot item in the GOP as mayor of Charlotte.
Pendergraph reminds me of Dave Reichert. But I know little about him except that he's popular.
I'm a big Ruth Samuelson fan. She's a Mitch Daniels type, acts conservative talks moderate.
I can't imagine Tillis running. Well, yes I could, but I don't think he'd win and he's got a good thing going in the NC House. He's okay but not for Congress, no no.
I like Pittenger, he's a pretty decent guy, 'good neighbor' type, businessman, good NC Senate record.
Don't know Rucho and would be surprised if he ran. But I don't know him, so what do I know?
Peacock? Richard Vinroot!? After all these years, hasn’t he gotten a real job somewhere, or moved to Florida?
Bill James would be an absolute hoot, but I think people would be afraid he'd be the white Vernon Robinson, and could somehow lose the seat. “Everybody knows” that James is a racist, kind of like “everybody knew” that Charles Murray was a racist, 20 years ago...
I doubt that House majority leader Thom Tillis would run for this, even if Pendergraph weren't running, as Tillis wants to run against Hagan in 2014 according to the rumor mill.
Ruth Samuelson and Robert Pittenger would be okay, but Pendergraph will probably be better.
State Sen. Bob Rucho has said he won't run because he's been running the committee in charge of redistricting and it would therefore be a conflict of interest. (A likely slap at Brad Miller.) Anyway, I've reviewed Rucho’s voting record in the past and I don't recall being too impressed - he's one of the least conservative GOP state Senators according to Civitas.
Charlotte city councilman Andy Dulin is apparently thinking it over.
The thought of RINO extraordinaire Edwin Peacock III even running for this makes me want to hurl.
And while I have your attention, you may want to check out the 3rd district, where RINO Walter Jones is being challenged by New Bern police chief Frank Palombo. Replacing Jones with a real conservative is a must-do.
In other districts: As of right now I'm favoring businessman Mark Meadows over Jeff Hunt in the 11th, and Ilario Pantano over David Rouzer in the 7th. In the 8th and 13th there are some okay choices but no stand-outs.
I hope to make my way out to the mountains this weekend to see the 11th district candidates debate.
I have no idea what's going on in SC-7. Anybody but Andre Bauer, I guess.
What a joke.
That probably sounded too harsh - I mean, Andy Dulin’s a fine, moderately insincere center-right type, fine for city council, but Congress?
and Ilario Pantano over David Rouzer in the 7th
Ilario, bless his heart.... I just don't know. I kind of feel like he had his shot and did....okay. So I'm not sold on a second run and open to Rouzer.
Palombo filed in NC-03 months ago, and is still the only challenger to Code Pink Jones. Can a police chief from New Bern defeat an entrenched incumbent whose father previously held an overlapping district for decades? With the troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan, I’m not sure if Jones’s treasonous calls for pulling out in defeat will have as much impact on primary voters as they would have in 2006 or 2008 (or even 2010).
In the NC-08, I like Vernon Robinson, warts and all. Even with his polarizing stances, he’d still beat Kissell in the redrawn CD, and it sure would be fun to have Vernon giving special-order speeches on the House floor (and voting 100% conservative, of course).
In NC-07, the one CD (outside the safely RAT ones) where the Dem has a chance of winning, I agree with you on Pantano; I think running a Johnston County Republican like Rouzer would allow McIntyre to paint his opponent as a Raleighite to voters in the southern counties, and in any event I think that Pantano earned a rematch after his unexpectedly strong showing against McIntyre in 2010.
Speaking of earning a chance to run again, I would support Bill Randalll in the NC-13 if only because he was willing to take on Brad Miller (and make him sweat) when everyone else was afraid to run. Paul Coble and George Holding might be great on the issues (I don’t know either way), but they weren’t willing to run when the CD leaned slightly Democrat, so I’d prefer Randall (whom I know is conservative). It also wouldn’t hurt to have a greater number of black conservatives in Congress. The NC-13 will elect a Republican irrespective of who we nominate.
The same holds true in the NC-11 now that Shuler dropped out. If Meadows is more conservative than Hunt, I’d go for him.
No idea what to think about the huge field in SC-07; thank God SC has run-offs. Anyone But Andre Bauer would be my mantra too, at least for now (maybe I’ll eventually have a preference among the non-Bauers.
Vernon would be in Congress today if he had the sense God gave a clam. There's a time to open and a time to close one's mouth, and he just can't help himself attacking, attacking, attacking instead of running on a great bio and philosophy. I'm not interested in boarding that train knowing he's going to wreck again.
So you think he could have beaten Foxx in the run-off wihout attacking her voting record? She was going to win a huge percentage of the vote in the western counties of NC-05, and if voters in W-S thought of her as a conservartive she’d do well enough there to win. The attacks got Vernon to 45% in the run-off against the state senator; would not attacking her have gotten him more?
By the time he made the runoff the damage was done - his negatives were sky high after bashing every other candidate in a many-candidate race. I know people in the district who were prepared to vote for him who were so turned off by his constant attacks that they voted for Foxx (who ended up a pretty good rep). They couldn't be proud of voting for someone with that kind of behavior. I tried to tell him but he wouldn't listen.
IIRC, a commissioner from Onslow county held Jones to 60% after raising very little money back in 2008. Given the tea party sentiment out there today, I think it’s even more doable now.
Bill James announced he is not running to replace Myrick as he doesn’t see the point in running against a fellow conservative county commish (Pendergraph) and splitting the vote.
Holding Walter Jones to 59% is one thing; holding him below 50% in a two-man race or under 40% in a multicandidate race is another. I hope the police commissioner can beat Jones, but it won’t be easy.
BTW, I just found out that Jones converted to Catholicism. With Patrick McHenry, Virginia Foxx and Renee Ellmers, that makes him one of 4 Catholics among NC’s 6 Republican U.S. Representatives. Not what you would expect from a Southern state that is around 10% Catholic. I believe that the only other multi-member GOP House delegations in which 2/3 of Republican members are Catholic are NY and NJ.