by Isabel Matos
Yes. It’s true. And this will shock a lot of people not involved in politics but it is bound to get a lot of national attention soon. CLAY AIKEN won the North Carolina House primary and faces Republican challenger and John Boehner “gal” Renee Ellmer who beat Frank Roche May 6th. Renee Ellmers is a favorite of the House GOP leader. Not surprising. She supports amnesty. Laura Ingraham grills Ellmers in a Breitbart Audio (a must-listen) calling Ellmers’s position on Amnesty as anti-American and the incumbent anti-constituent. Read more on the Clash with Ingraham. Her donor list includes HealthCare and Leadership PACS.
Renee ELLMERS has veiled her support of amnesty during her campaign which is also not surprising given GOPe’s record of denying amnesty for political gain and using talking points which are nothing but language twisters to DECEIVE voters. We know the m.o. It’s standard. PjMedia blog suggests you review:
WHAT? Renee Ellmers Claims She Has ‘Same Immigration Stance as Cruz, Paul, Lee’
Video of Renee Ellmers Berating Anti-Amnesty Constituents
All-In on Amnesty: Renee Ellmers Is Boehner and Cantor’s ‘Tell’
Her measured statements on amnesty mirror the concealed, ambiguous remarks from Boehner and Eric Cantor.
Frank Roche, anti-amnesty candidate lost 59%-41% in the primary. was underfunded and lacked name recognition nationally – both issues common theme in Tea Party races (with the real tea party candidates, not those who hijack the name conservative to win). Roche is not happy with the GOPe, the lefty billionaires, left-leaning media, Mark Zuckerberg, think tanks, tea party groups, local Republican clubs and local Republican Party committees He issued a scathing “open letter to the GOP establishment” on Thursday (5/8) with the message:
“You’re failing America.”
“In the 36 hours after not winning a hard run election there are many emotions that come and go: disappointment, sadness, guilt, bewilderment, frustration, and anger,” he wrote. “I’m in the frustration and anger stage. … Note to self: U.S. Congress, proper qualifications not required.”
“The establishment, with some help from one of our newest lefty billionaires and the left leaning media, helped reelect the least qualified candidate in the 2nd District Republican primary. They failed the 2nd District and America. They overstepped their pledged boundaries of neutrality during the primary and again demonstrated themselves to be part of the problem. Local petty political gate-keepers assisted their poorly qualified incumbent in ways that require they be removed from their volunteer Chairmanship positions.”
Roche said he raised $50,000 to get his message to voters – roughly what a typical candidate may spend to run for a town council race, not a sprawling congressional district in one of the state’s most expensive media markets. (Through April 16, Roche reported raising roughly $25,000. He entered the campaign in December, 2013.)
In the letter, he acknowledges one of his failings, saying he had “shortcomings on the ground which I take full responsibility for” but didn’t elaborate.
“We tried,” he said in the final line. “I tried. God help us. I thank all those who supported my campaign.” Read more
Clay Aiken’s opponent Keith Crisco died after a fall at 71.
Aiken was leading Crisco by fewer than 400 votes.. the 71-year-old Crisco died Monday after suffering injuries in a fall. Aiken’s team said it had received word he’d been planning to concede Tuesday. The singer ended up getting 40.86 percent of the vote, while Crisco received 39.49 percent, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, which issued the final tally Tuesday after canvassing the votes from each county within the district and counting provisional and absentee ballots. Aiken suspended all campaign activities on Monday as a result.
In a statement, Aiken, 35, praised his fellow Democrat as “a gentleman, a good and honorable man and an extraordinary public servant. I was honored to know him.”
Sarah Palin has gone on record saying it’s great that people are getting involved in politics but that he does not have the kind of small experience that we need to solve our problems in Washington, in an interview with Insider’s Jim Moret. (Comments paraphrased.)
UPDATE 5/15/2014: CNN reports a slight Aiken win and describes Renee Ellmers as a tea party favorite.
The primary winner will go on to face incumbent Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers in November’s general election.
Ellmers, a tea party favorite who’s held the seat for two terms, also bested a primary challenger from the right, conservative talk-radio host Frank Roche – and avoided a costly runoff.
Despite Aiken’s wide name recognition, he’ll still fight an uphill battle to unseat the Republican incumbent.