Friday, August 27, 2010

Renee Ellmers Wins Ten Buck Fridays: Renee Ellmers is North Carolina US House Dist 2 Candidate:

Renee Ellmers, running for the U.S. House in North Carolina's 2nd District, is the Ten Buck Fridays winner this week with 37% of the vote. Republican Renee Ellmers first popped on my radar as I began searching for the conservative(s) challenging Bad-Tempered Bob Etheridge's 2nd District seat. This is an update to an earlier article. I'll have more on Renee soon. See videos below.

Renee Ellmers

Ellmers has received a lot of well-deserved attention lately. Her opponent, Democrat Bob Etheridge, needs to go, and I've provided some major reasons why below.

Renee is 46-years-old, a conservative, pro-life Republican. She is a nurse, married to a physician, they have a son.

Ellmers opposes ObamaCare and says there is a right way and a wrong way to improve health care, and Obama's way is the wrong way. In fact, she advises opponent Etheridge to ask "Who is Dr. Berwick?" Renee knows and has the information here on the man who will decide whether you get that knee replacement you need.

She is pro-tax cuts, pro-tax reform with lower taxes "across the board." She believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. Ellmers supports strong border enforcement and is against amnesty. She wants a system of strong employment verification to protect the employer. She wants Guantanamo kept open, and terrorist suspects tried in a military venue. She revers the Second Amendment and your right to keep and bear arms. Ellmers supports off-shore drilling, and believes it will be a boost to her home state of North Carolina. She is against Cap-and-Trade. On energy:
I support off-shore drilling – it could be a boon for North Carolina’s economy. I oppose President Obama’s ‘Cap and Trade’ bill which raises taxes on energy, then uses the tax money to send $300 billion in foreign aid to Third World nations so they can build so-called ‘Green Industries.’ Source: The Corner - Jack Fowler's interview with Renee Ellmers
North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District has been been represented since 1997 by the ill-mannered Democrat bully, Bob Etheridge. You'll remember Etheridge assaulted a student attempting to interview him.  Etheridge needs to go. That astonishing video is below. Judicial Watch has filed an Ethics Complaint against the angry Congressman, and this report says this was not the first time Etheridge has man-handled a student.

Ellmers was born in Ironwood, Michigan. Working full and part time, she put herself through college, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Oakland University in Southwest Michigan. She met her husband while at Oakland, and after visiting relatives in North Carolina, Renee and Brent moved to Dunn, North Carolina.

Not only does Renee have a medical background; she also has business experience. From the Renee for Congress website:
  Renee Ellmers

Renee is active in community affairs, having served as Vice President of Community Development for the Chamber of Commerce and as President Elect of the Chamber for the coming year. She has also served on the Dunn Planning Board, the board of the Betsy Johnson Hospital Foundation and the Harnett County Nursing Home Committee.
She volunteers at Cape Fear Christian Academy where her son, Ben, is a student, and teaches Sunday school at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Her Democrat opponent, Bob Etheridge, has sponsored 51 bills since arriving in Congress in January 1997. Only 6 were enacted, 43 didn't make it out of committee. Govtrack describes some of the bills he has sponsored and one stands out: H.R. 3150 which provides for Government to compensate poultry producers whose contracts were terminated or not renewed because of a poultry processor's cost cutting measures or due to bankruptcy. Sounds just like a Democrat - let the taxpayer pay your business losses.

The Club for Growth releases an annual report rating the House member's fiscal responsibility as shown by their voting record. Are you ready for this? Etheridge scored 6% out of 100% for the most fiscally responsible in Congress. If nothing else moves your vote to for Renee, that stat should. Read more here. Angry, big-spending Bob Etheridge needs to go.

One observation of the Club for Growth scorecard, nine Republicans scored 100%. A Democrat doesn't even appear on the list until you get to 64%, and then not again until 58%.

Etheridge voted for the DISCLOSE Act which will take effect by mid-July - before the FEC can write the guidelines. It is a direct swipe at your free speech. Consider the 'real' name: Democracy Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE).

From Rush Limbaugh:
Simply put, the DISCLOSE Act will limit the political speech that was protected and encouraged by Citizens United. Speaker Pelosi and the House Majority Leadership are making it a priority to pass this bill.  This bill is designed to take away the influence of Tea Party and other conservative groups in the upcoming November election. We feel like this bill will be successfully challenged in the courts, but the ruling will not come before the November election."
DISCLOSE exempts organizations that have more than a million members, have been in existence for more than ten years, have members in all 50 states, and raise 15% or less of their funds from corporations. Organizations meeting those specifications are exempted from DISCLOSE. Unions are exempted, but TEA Parties are not. Etheridge supported it. Remember it in November.

As I was looking for information on Renee, I found Election Projection's interview with Ellmers and relates this story:
The race between Democratic incumbent Bob Etheridge and Republican Renee Ellmers in North Carolina's 2nd district has garnered national attention thanks to Etheridge's taped outburst on a Washington D.C. sidewalk.  It also has personal significance for me.   
An interview I had with Ellmers was my very first, and my friend and distant cousin, Lorie Byrd works with her campaign.  Not long after Etheridge's tantrum, Jim Geraghty asked me to look at Ellmers' chances against Etheridge for an article he was writing on the race.
One startling item that I uncovered in my research was an internal PAC poll taken in late May which showed Ellmers just 5 points behind the incumbent.  Mind you, this poll was taken before Etheridge's now-famous scuffle.
I'm looking for more recent polling numbers, and I'll keep this post updated.

Today, Renee works with her husband, Dr. Brent Ellmers, as Clinical Director of the Trinity Wound Care Center in Dunn, North Carolina. They have a son, Ben. Find Renee on Facebook and Twitter.

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Congressman Bob Etheridge (D-NC) Assaults a Student (video)
Renee Ellmers on Bob Etheridge's Assault on a Student (video)

Others talking about Renee Ellmers:
Soderstrome - a terrific interview with Renee

H/T to Right Wing News for Ellmers' video

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