Clark endorses Cunningham in U.S. Senate race

By Gene Metrick

Rocky Mount Telegram

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Retired four-star Gen. Wesley Clark on Monday endorsed former N.C. Sen. Cal Cunningham's campaign for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate.

The former Democratic presidential candidate cited Cunningham's military service in highlighting that he "earned a Bronze Star cracking down on contractor crimes in Iraq, taking on some of the most powerful corporations on earth."

“Cal is beyond a doubt the best candidate to take on Richard Burr this November,” Clark stated in an email. “Cal would be the first veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to serve in the U.S. Senate. He would bring a veteran’s unique perspective to policymaking in Washington.”

Cunningham said in a press release that he was "humbled" by Clark's endorsement and used the opportunity to chide U.S. Sen. Richard Burr's use of a parliamentary maneuver last week to prevent a meeting of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee in which U.S. military commanders traveled to Washington, D.C., from South Korea and Hawaii to discuss the Pentagon's needs for the coming year.

“While Richard Burr allows partisanship to trump the importance of a vital Armed Services committee hearing, I will work hard everyday in the U.S. Senate to honor all of the veterans and military families who serve our country," he said. "Our nation has a responsibility to honor the commitment our troops and their families have made for our freedom. It should never be taken for granted.”

Cunningham faces N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Chapel Hill attorney Ken Lewis, Lumberton attorney Marcus Williams, Ann Worthy and Susan Harris in the May 4 primary election.

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