Richard Hudson, the veteran GOP staffer running for the 8th congressional district, is beginning to look like the anointed Republican candidate.
Hudson reports that he has gotten off to a quick start since announcing his candidacy a month ago, raising more than $100,000. But even more interesting is who is contributing to his campaign.
Hudson's contributions include $5,000 from Barbara Hayes, the wife of his former boss, Congressman Robin Hayes, who is now state party chairman and $2,500 from Robin Hayes's son, Robert Hayes Jr.
“Richard Hudson is a person I like, admire and respect,” said Barbara Hayes in a statement. “I have known him for many years as one of my husband's closest friends and former right-hand man. Richard is a strong Christian man with high morals, he has the same servant heart as my husband and he will make a terrific congressman.”
Hudson has also received endorsements from other prominent contributors including Harold Johnson, the GOP's 2010 nominee; Republican National Committeeman Ed McMahan; and former 8th district GOP chairman Donnie Baucom.
He also received $5,000 from from ERICPAC, the political action committee of House Majority leader Eric Cantor, who endorsed Hudson at a recent campaign event.
Hudson is a veteran political and congressional staffer. There are is a large number of Republicans running for the seat now held by Democratic incumbent Larry Kissell. The seat has been made more Republican leaning under the redistricting plan passed by the legislature.
Among the Republicans are Scott Keadle, an Iredell County commissioner, Dan Barry, Mayor Tem of Weddington, and Vernon Robinson, former Winston-Salem city councilman.