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Etheridge passes

Congressman Bob Etheridge said Friday that he would not challenge Republican Sen. Richard Burr next year, despite a concerted effort by the national Democratic Party to coax him into the race.

The decision is another setback for the Democrats, who earlier this year failed to entice Attorney General Roy Cooper into the race, Rob Christensen reports. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has turned its attention to former state Sen. Cal Cunningham, an Iraq War veteran from Lexington, who had spent several months exploring a Senate bid, before announcing Monday that he would not be a candidate.

Etheridge, a veteran Congressman, former superintendent of public instruction, former legislator and former Harnett County commissioner, is one of the Tar Heel Democratic Party's proven commodities. Etheridge said he looked at the Senate race strongly this time but in the end, "I just decided not to do it."

UPDATE: National Republican senatorial campaign spokesman Colin Reed said Etheridge's decision leaves a big hole in the Democrats' recruiting class and shows that Democrats "on the ground in North Carolina have a much different view of this race than party officials in Washington."

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"I think it is a winnable seat," Etheridge said. "I really do believe that. I think Richard burr has not voted (the right way on) some of the issues on job creation and health care and you go right on down the list."

But Etheridge noted that he was the first North Carolinian to serve on the influential House Ways and Means Committee in more than 50 years and felt as though he had "unfinished business in the House."

He said he would not endorse anyone in the Democratic Senate primary which will be held next May. The announced candidates are Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Chapel Hill attorney Kenneth Lewis. Also looking at the race are Chapel Hill Mayor Kevin Foy and former Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker.


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Re: Etheridge passes

"......despite a concerted effort by the national Democratic Party to coax him into the race."

You must give Etheridge credit for knowing when to fight and when to sit it out.

".....that Democrats "on the ground in North Carolina have a much different view of this race than party officials in Washington."

And this is something that many of us learned in the military. It is much different on the ground than it is in Washington. Those in Washington may think that North Carolinians are naive but on the ground I hope we are more in touch with reality. Hopefully we will keep some Senators around who will try to keep the creeping socialism in check. Having a Senator like Burr who has his feet firmly planted on the ground is a blessing to all North Carolinians.

NRSC says...

...that Democrats "on the ground in North Carolina have a much different view of this race than party officials in Washington."

Welcome to your downfall DC Republicans.

I've already said Burr has this... assuming you and he quit talking.

Re: Etheridge passes

I hope that the Democrats will run a candidate against Sen. Burr. Our electoral system relies on at least two candidates and the Democrats must find someone to face off with Sen. Burr. Unemployment levels are extemely high so there should be someone willing to run, especially if the party would pay the candidate's expenses. Some people will do just about anything for money......even run against Sen. Burr. I applaud the Democrats for their efforts in trying to find a candidate.

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