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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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.