Tuesday night was a historic victory for Republicans nationwide. One of those historic winners was Renee Ellmers who took on the infamous “Carolina Strangler” Bob Etheridge.
If you remember, Etheridge is the democrat Congressman who attacked two collage students when they attempted to interview him on the street. He is the poster child for violent, out of control, Ruling Class democrat politicians.
Renee beat this guy, without any help from the Republican Party, BTW. It was a close race, but she won, and won by enough for it to be certified a win. Of course, democrats being what they are, Etheridge is now going to try and steal this thing. All of a sudden, some new votes have been "found."
Let's let Renee tell us about this nonsense:
Election night, after the ten counties in my district had reported their votes, I led 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, yesterday afternoon – unexpectedly – the vote totals changed. The State Board of Elections reported my lead had dropped to 1,600 votes. Two hours later Bob Etheridge announced he intended to call for a recount.
As a result, last night my campaign began hiring attorneys – eleven attorneys in all. One in each county to monitor each recount and an attorney to work with the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
Right now, our best estimate of the minimum cost we face is $50,000. But, of course, my campaign spent every penny we had before the election.
Yesterday, we appealed to the National Republican Congressional Committee for support, asking if they could contribute to help pay the costs of this recount. Their answer, unfortunately, was, No – that we would have to raise the money to pay for the recount ourselves.
I was afraid that would be their answer. Months ago, I went to Washington and asked the National Republican Congressional Committee and many conservative leaders to help my campaign. Many conservative groups – like the Susan B. Anthony List, Concerned Women of America, Freedom Works, and Sarah Palin’s Sarah PAC all helped, but the NRCC declined. Later, they did support other campaigns in North Carolina – which, unfortunately, lost – but we never received their support. In fact, their spokesman told the press “that the campaign wasn’t ready for prime time” – which actually made it even harder for us to raise money. So, I am doubtful we will get support from the NRCC to help with the expense of the recount.
Right now, I lead Bob Etheridge by 1,600 votes. That lead should hold up. But we can’t take anything for granted. We must leave no stone unturned to insure a fair recount. We cannot allow the kind of mishap that happened in Minnesota – when Al Franken was elected – to repeat itself in North Carolina.
This morning my campaign manager set up a special fund – Renee Ellmers for Congress Recount Fund – to pay for the recount. I never dreamed I’d be asking you for another donation two days after the election – but I need to raise $50,000 ‘yesterday.’ The maximum you may give is $2,400. Each contribution – whatever the amount, whether it’s $25, $250, or $500 – is crucial and will be deeply appreciated. Could you send a donation and mail it today? Or, better still, click here, to give on my website.
I apologize for asking for another gift so soon – but I am sure you understand.
As ever, thank you and best wishes.
It's bad enough Etheridge is trying to steal this election, but hey, he's a democrat, it's what they do. What I find totally unacceptable is how the Republican “Good Old Boy Network” has treated Renee, especially the NRCC, a group whose entire reason for existing is to elect Republicans to Congress.
For the NRCC to tell Renee Ellmers, a registered nurse and successful small business owner she's “not ready for prime time” is an incredible insult. It also proves we still have a lot of work to do, and MUST defeat these establishment Ruling Class elites who run the NRCC, as well as their inept buddies over at the NRSC, who royally screwed the pooch through their efforts in the Senate.
First things first though.
Renee needs your help. Stop by her website here, and donate. We need to make sure the Carolina Strangler is not allowed to steal this election.
After that, stop by the NRCC website or better yet, give them a call at 202-479-7000. Tell these geniuses you don't appreciate them insulting our candidates and let them know they had better get behind Renee on this one.