Former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge

Former U.S. Rep. Etheridge considering run for Congress in 2012

The Associated Press

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RALEIGH — Former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge is evaluating whether he’ll try to run for his old seat in Congress.

The Harnett County Democrat told The News & Observer of Raleigh on Tuesday he’ll sit down with supporters early next year and discuss his options. One would include seeking the 2nd Congressional District seat he narrowly lost to Republican Renee Ellmers in 2010.

Etheridge told the newspaper he’s frustrated with what’s going on in Washington and blames recent problems on members of the tea party movement elected to Congress.

The 70-year-old Etheridge now lives in the 4th District after redistricting, but state law allows citizens to run for any congressional seat.

Etheridge served in Congress for 14 years. He’s now Gov. Beverly Perdue’s point man on the state’s Hurricane Irene recovery.


Money Talks

Etheridge has plenty of money in his campaign fund to hire attorneys and promise future contributions to people in high places not to speak of the favors he will call in from his political allies. Ellmers spent all of her money in an attempt to be elected and is having to ask for more to pay attorneys to watch Etheridges's attorneys and monitor any recounts or vote counting irregularities. Get involved - watch all this closely - the person with the most legitimate votes should win not the one who has the most money or owed favors.

So when is voting over?

All votes should have been in by poll closing. Where do additional absentee ballots come from? What are provisional ballots and why are any votes after Nov 2nd counted at all. That would allow voting irregularities to be sure!

This Stinks to High Heaven

So, Ellmers was ahead by 2096 votes then suddenly, 450 votes were found unsubmitted in Sampson County and ALL the votes were for Etheridge? This placed the difference within the threshold for a recount. Looks like Chicago Politics has come to North Carolina.

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