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GOP wants Myrick for NC governor in 2008


There might be two women on the ballot for governor in 2008 — Myrick (R) and Purdue (D)

You can’t start thinking about these races too soon. The Repugs here are already fidgeting about who to promote for governor here, since Dem Mike Easley isn’t running again. A presidential Hillary run is apparently on their minds, so they are looking for a woman to groom to run against the probable Dem nominee, who is also a woman that’s our current Lt. Gov. (N&O;):

U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick of Charlotte is being asked by some Republicans to look at running for governor in 2008, and the word on the street is that she is keeping the door open. Myrick, a five-term congresswoman, was not available for comment last week. An aide said she was focused on her 2006 re-election campaign.

The thinking among GOPers is that Myrick would be the strongest candidate against Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, whom they consider the most likely Democratic nominee. [Purdue earned an endorsement by Equality NC, the local LGBT grassroots org] They note that gender could be a large factor in 2008, with the possibility of Perdue, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, a potential Democratic presidential nominee, and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, who will be up for re-election, all on the ticket.

Myrick has had statewide aspirations in the past. In 1992, Myrick unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination for the Senate, losing to businessman Lauch Faircloth of Clinton. Since then, Myrick has grown in political stature. She has moved into the U.S. House Republican leadership and become chairwoman of the Republican Study Committee, a group of activist conservatives who have urged spending restraint.

Just so you know, here’s a list of a few things about Sue:

* Rated 7% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
* Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
* Rated 92% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)

* Voted YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
* Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
* Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
* Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
* Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
* Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)

The story also noted that other Republicans are said to be considering running in 2008 — a set of good ol’ boys…state Sen. Fred Smith of Clayton, former state Sen. Patrick Ballantine of Wilmington and state Sen. Robert Pittenger of Charlotte. Smith was a sponsor of the state marriage amendment. I’d be surprised if this fool got anywhere in a statewide race. The bill’s time ran out in this session, the Dem legislature bottled it up in committee, without debate; it’ll be back. Ballantine, who ran as “A New Generation of Conservative Leadership” was whooped (13 points) by Mike Easley last time around. Pittenger co-sponsored the defense of marriage amendment.

Update: House Blender Sue posted in the comments about this frightening post on Sue Myrick’s blog:

Join Sue Myrick For A
Salute to Leadership

With Special Guest Ann Coulter

On Monday, April 4, 2005
At the Levine Museum of the New South
Dress: Business Attire

6:00pm: Host and Sponsor Reception with Sue and Ann Coulter
7:00pm: General Reception and Keynote Address
8:00pm: Optional Book Signing

And this gawdawful comment from a supporter:

Ann Coulter was fantastic Monday night – our thanks to Rep Sue Myrick and her team for bringing this intellegent and gifted Conservative speaker to Charlotte –Ann’s talk was indeed a very close second to the Tarheels winning the National Championship — and ALL in ONE NIGHT! It was a great event and I wish the very best to our great Representative Sue Myrick and Ms Ann Coulter in the months and years to come!

There’s your reason, if you’re a Tar Heel, to get off your *ss and work to make sure Myrick goes nowhere near the Governor’s mansion.

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