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B.J. Lawson, making his first run for office, and Walter Jones, a 7-term incumbent, both scored impressive victories.
by George Dance
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Ron Paul supporters William (B.J.) Lawson and Walter Jones both won primary victories in North Carolina on May 6. Lawson received 70% of the Republican vote in the 4th Congressional District (CD-4), while Jones took 60% in CD-3. RPR site RonPaul.com reports that both “were endorsed by Ron Paul.” (1)
Lawson, a medical doctor turned entrepreneur, is making his first run for political office. He introduced Ron Paul at Paul’s presidential campaign rally this month in Durham, which is in CD-4. (2)
Otherwise Lawson did not stress his connection to Paul. His opponent, Rev. Augustus Cho, did that for him, calling him “a Ron Paul Libertarian, 100%! Go to his webpage, and everything he stands for is right there! I call him Ron Paul Jr. because that’s what he is.” (3) (Lawson’s later response: “No, I’m a Ron Paul Republican.”)
Lawson now goes up against David Price, CD-4’s 10-term Democratic incumbent.
In CD-3, Walter Jones is the incumbent. Formerly a Democrat, he switched to Republican and won the seat in 1994 as part of the “Contract With America” campaign. Sometimes called a liberal due to his political past and his post-2005 opposition to the Iraq War, Jones in fact enjoys an American Conservative Union lifetime rating of 92. Newt Gingrich also endorsed him in the primary.
Jones is a member of the congressional Liberty Caucus. According to Wikipedia, he “endorsed Ron Paul in the 2008 race for president of the United States.” (4)
(1) “Ron Paul at 8% in Indiana and North Carolina,” RonPaul.com, May 6, 2008.
(2) “William BJ Lawson speech at UNC Ron Paul rally,” You Tube, May 2, 2008.
(3) “Durham AIR Debate — Beating David Price,” You Tube, Feb. 14, 2008.
(4) “Walter B. Jones,” Wikipedia (accessed May 7, 2008).
“Walter Jones for Congress” (accessed May 8, 2008).
“Lawson for Congress” (accessed May 8, 2008).
Updated: 05/07/2008 05:06 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — An incumbent congressman says he will back Dale Sweetland in this year’s congressional race. A state assemblyman, who was challenging Sweetland, backs out of the race. Relief for local party leaders, hoping to avoid a primary battle.
But they forgot to check with David Gay.
Gay is best known in local political circles for his work in local organizing for the presidential campaign of maverick republican Ron Paul, a candidate who shares Gay’s views on reducing government and staking out a pro-life position. And also a strong opposition to the war in Iraq.
He too had sought support from the Onondaga republican committee, but received less than one percent of the vote. He says he expected that outcome, claiming the committee was going down the same road it followed when it chose Sweetland to run for Onondaga County Executive in 2007.
“The republican committee, the higher-ups in the republican party, said to the voters of Central New York, this is Dale Sweetland. This is your guy. And they said no. They said, Joanie Mahoney’s our girl. Let’s go for Joanie Mahoney. And she won,” Gay said.
Gay won’t make much of an effort in further committee votes in the congressional district in Cayuga, Wayne and Monroe counties. Though not committing to one yet, he says he will make preparations for a primary challenge.
“Have to circulate my petitions and talk to the voters and let them know that my message is in support of them and not just in support of a particular political party or political agenda,” said Gay.
Gay is setting no timetable for making a decision on a primary challenge. And at this point, he says he’s still open to talks with Dale Sweetland. But what would he need to hear?
“Dale Sweetland would have to tell me that his plans for Congress are to actively work to reduce the size and scope of government to its constitutional limits,” Gay said. “And unless he can tell me that that’s his exact plan, I can’t support him.”
So for now, Gay says he’ll continue organizing and raising money for a possible battle ahead.
If Gay decides to launch a primary, he will need to collect 1,250 signatures on petitions. Petitions would begin circulating in the district in late June.
An interesting article from April 8th, 2008 New York Times.
G.O.P. Struggles to Find Candidates for Congress
WASHINGTON — Republican leaders are struggling to recruit candidates for Congressional races in the New York region, reflecting a problem for the party in other pockets of the country and giving Democrats an opportunity to build on the gains they made in the area in the last election.
Representative Thomas M. Reynolds, Republican of New York, announcing last month that he would not seek a sixth term.
Heading into this election cycle, Republican leaders in Washington identified dozens of Congressional seats they believed they could pick up in November’s election — some where Democrats narrowly won a first term in 2006, and others where Democrats represent Republican-leaning districts.