The competition among Republicans for the right to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina next year is expected to be crowded.Speculation is that state House Speaker Thom Tillis or Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger or both will lead the field.
But the recent early announcement by Dr. Greg Brannon, a Cary obstetrician, has the state Democratic Party already warning against a primary campaign that will be "a race to the right."
Brannon advertises himself as "pro-life, pro-gun, anti-tax, states' rights." He also claims to be one of the original tea party members in 2009, according to a transcript of a radio interview on Feb. 26 the Democrats are distributing as proof of the impending "ultra-conservative" battle.
Brannon told eastern Carolina radio host Tom Lamprecht he hoped the primary would be "a battle full of ideas. ... My question is, Is it conservative rhetoric? Is conservative just the government doing things for us, but with a different twinge? Or is true conservatism protecting the individual to allow them to live their American dream?"
Brannon kicked offhis campaign last week with a tour that began in Wilimington.