Renee Ellmers has prevailed by 1,600 votes against Democratic incumbent Bob “Who are you?” Etheridge in North Carolina’s Second Congressional District. Etheridge has demanded a recount. Yesterday Ellmers posted an update regarding the recount.
In her update Ellmers notes that she is getting no financial help from the NRCC in connection with the recount, that she has retained 11 lawyers — one for each of her district’s 11 counties — to represent her in the recount, and that she needs a minimum of $50,000 for legal assistance. The number sounds low to me, but there is no question that she needs help. Please consider supporting her with a contribution here.
In case you need help remembering who Etheridge is and why he should be retired, check out the video below. Etheridge was set off by the question asked on the street outside a Nancy Pelosi fundraiser: “Do you fully believe in the Obama agenda?” Now that may be a difficult question for a Democratic congressman from a swing district in North Carolina, but it didn’t even necessarily call for a response. Rep. Etheridge could easily have ignored it and gone on his merry way. Instead Etheridge went ballistic. Perhaps the most obvious point demonstrated by the video is either that Etheridge is unfit for high office, or that he’s a mean drunk, or both.
UPDATE: My old friend Lorie Byrd is working for the Ellmers campaign and provides this report in response to my request for information: “We asked the NRCC for help after the election and they said they did not have funds to provide to us for the recount. We have received no money from them. Thankfully, late yesterday afternoon Chairman Steele personally called the campaign and committed money from the RNC toward the recount. Also yesterday afternoon we received pledges of donations from many of the NC delegation of representatives including Congressman Walter Jones, who has been a big supporter of Renee from back even during the primary. We have now received pledges of support from other sitting members of Congress outside of NC as well. The response we have gotten from individuals online has been wonderful, thanks in great part to all the bloggers who have stepped up to inform their readers about the situation. We can use all the help we can get so any additional efforts to alert readers to the campaign’s recount fund are very much appreciated.”
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