Another political outfit has deemed Republican Renee Ellmers not “ready for primetime.”
Hotline On Call, the National Journal website that tracks all things political in Washington, listed Ellmers this week among the top five Republican freshmen likely to do or say something in their first term that will hurt their re-election chances. Here’s what Hotline had to say:
“Until the closing days of the campaign, Ellmers was considered a longshot to unseat Rep. Bob Etheridge (D). That's probably why no one paid attention to her outlandish TV ad that claimed that the proposed Ground Zero mosque in New York City was a "victory mosque" for Muslims. Ellmers also didn't make any friends at the National Republican Congressional Committee when she lashed out at them on her website earlier this week for not helping to pay for her recount fees. “
Hotline’s point echoes that of an NRCC spokesman this summer, who said the Ellmers campaign wasn’t yet ready for primetime. The group declined to add her to its “Young Guns” list of GOP contenders.
The NRCC now is backing Ellmers. The organization actually has chipped in $10,000 total: $5,000 for the recount and another $5,000 for her general campaign. And it pledged last week to help with staff time and expertise as well. The NRCC now lists her on its recount website, with a link to her website.
Ellmers remains about 1,500 votes ahead in her challenge to incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge. If she remains within one percent by the final election canvass on Friday, he is likely to ask for a recount.