Coming as a surprise to nobody, Republican Sue Myrick endorsed Jim Pendergraph as her hand picked successor Monday - following that up quickly with an email blast seeking fundraising support for the former Democrat running in the heavily Republican and newly re-drawn NC-9 Congressional District.
I say this is no surprise because the two are long-time friends, and as was pointed out in this Examiner.com article, they even lived in the same building during Mr Pendergraph's short stay in Washington while working for Homeland Security in the Bush administration. Incidentally, it was during that stay way back in 2008 when Mr Pendergraph underwent his conversion to the Republican party. Since Mr Pendergraph was the first to announce for the NC-9 seat mere hours after Rep Myrick announced her retirement, its not unreasonable to think that announcement probably didn't come as much a surprise to Mr Pendergraph as it did everyone else.
I understand that it certainly must have made life easier in DC being a Republican in a Republican administration, but I have to ask myself why Mr Pendergraph waited so long to make the switch. Maybe Rep Myrick convinced him that being a Republican wasn't so bad. He could still support massive boondoggle train spending like she has for the Charlotte Streetcar - being the only elected Republican to write a letter of recommendation for the project. Or maybe it was her votes for massive government expansion like Medicare Part D and the Patriot Act?
NC-9 voters have the opportunity to pick a solid, long-term conservative this election. I'm highly doubtful that Mr Pendergraph influenced by Rep Myrick's brand of conservatism fits that description.
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