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National Republican Congressional Committee tells Renee Ellmers she's on her own

She's in a recount battle in North Carolina's 2nd District and could use some help:

Dear Supporters,

Election night, after the ten counties in my district had reported their votes, I led Bob Etheridge by 2,100 votes. (That number is crucial because under North Carolina law Congressman Etheridge is not entitled to an 'automatic recount' if he trails by more than 1% - or 1,888 votes.)

Then, yesterday afternoon - unexpectedly - the vote totals changed. The State Board of Elections reported my lead had dropped to 1,600 votes. Two hours later Bob Etheridge announced he intended to call for a recount.

As a result, last night my campaign began hiring attorneys - eleven attorneys in all. One in each county to monitor each recount and an attorney to work with the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Right now, our best estimate of the minimum cost we face is $50,000. But, of course, my campaign spent every penny we had before the election.

Yesterday, we appealed to the National Republican Congressional Committee for support, asking if they could contribute to help pay the costs of this recount. Their answer, unfortunately, was, No - that we would have to raise the money to pay for the recount ourselves.

I was afraid that would be their answer. Months ago, I went to Washington and asked the National Republican Congressional Committee and many conservative leaders to help my campaign. Many conservative groups - like the Susan B. Anthony List, Concerned Women of America, Freedom Works, and Sarah Palin's Sarah PAC all helped, but the NRCC declined. Later, they did support other campaigns in North Carolina - which, unfortunately, lost - but we never received their support. In fact, their spokesman told the press "that the campaign wasn't ready for prime time" - which actually made it even harder for us to raise money. So, I am doubtful we will get support from the NRCC to help with the expense of the recount.

Right now, I lead Bob Etheridge by 1,600 votes. That lead should hold up. But we can't take anything for granted. We must leave no stone unturned to insure a fair recount. We cannot allow the kind of mishap that happened in Minnesota - when Al Franken was elected - to repeat itself in North Carolina.

This morning my campaign manager set up a special fund - Renee Ellmers for Congress Recount Fund - to pay for the recount. I never dreamed I'd be asking you for another donation two days after the election - but I need to raise $50,000 'yesterday.' The maximum you may give is $2,400. Each contribution - whatever the amount, whether it's $25, $250, or $500 - is crucial and will be deeply appreciated. Could you send a donation and mail it today? Or, better still, click here, to give on my website.

I apologize for asking for another gift so soon - but I am sure you understand.

As ever, thank you and best wishes.

Renee Ellmers

I can't understand nor fathom the NRCC's decision on this.  Apparently they'd rather see Bob "Who are you?" Etheridge keep his seat than back a solid conservative like Ms. Elmers.

Makes me sick frankly.  And makes me think that sending a check to Republicans may as well mean sending a check to Democrats... so why do it?

Rather than answer that question, sending a check to Renee's campaign directly seems to make much more sense.

Do it.  And ensure that Bob Etheridge is bullied right out of the House of Representatives.


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$ on their way.My ... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

$ on their way.

My next contribution to the RNC will be a burning bag of dogshit thrown on their porch.

Well, let's see: the NRCC ... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Well, let's see: the NRCC was underfunded this cycle because many conservatives didn't trust the party establishment. Nonetheless, they oversaw a pickup of some 65 or so seats, the biggest wipeout in more than half a century.

So, how much cash do you suppose they ended up with in the bank?

OTOH, I want to see how much Christine O'Donnell had left of her over $5 million donated by the NRSC and other suckers.

"..they oversaw a pickup of... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"..they oversaw a pickup of some 65 or so seats, the biggest wipeout in more than half a century."

"They" did?

The Tea Party (combined with an outrageously overreaching Socialistic Dem agenda) provided most of the energy for this election cycle.

The NRCC may have helped some (and hurt some), but they were junior partners.

Anyhoo, Ellmers ain't O'Donnell. If the NRCC wants to get some good karma from Repubs, Tea Partiers and some Indies; they should help Ellmers now.

Well, as the 2 Alberts have... (Below threshold)
914:

Well, as the 2 Alberts have proven. "if you cant beat em' cheat em'"

I just heard ( I think on "... (Below threshold)
codekeyguy:

I just heard ( I think on "Rush") that the Repub "elite" (Gramnesty, Lott, etc) would rather be losers and be recognized as 2nd class by the Dems, than be Top Dog. This so they can get the scraps from the dem table.
Etheridge is a "Good ole' boy" "elite", so the "establishment" repubs want him rather than an "Upstart Teabagger". Anyone in washington too long loses touch with the real people, and only mingles with others whose only goal is RE-ELECTION, not service.

OT-Olbermann has been suspe... (Below threshold)
LeBron Steinman:

OT-Olbermann has been suspended from MSNBC.

Just heard on Rush that the... (Below threshold)
Stan:

Just heard on Rush that the NRCC has relented and will now provide Renee Elmers with the funding to hire the attorneys necessary to fight on.

Just sent a small contribut... (Below threshold)
OldflyerG8r:

Just sent a small contribution to Ellmers; followed by an email to NRCC.

I wonder who made up that $5mil contribution to O'Donnell that Jim Addison cited? I call malarkey.

I will continue to contribute to individual Conservatives; but, it will be a cold day in hell when I give the Insiders another dime. When deep thinkers from Washington justify withholding support by declaring the campaign of a Republican who won a primary election "not ready for prime time", they tell us more about themselves than they intended.

Along those lines Mitch Daniels just took a self-imposed hit in my eyes with his "analysis" of Senate candidates. Just a word. It is not like O'Donnell, Angle, Buck, et al were picked by some Tea Party cabal in a smoke filled room. They won their primaries by getting the most Republican votes. Whether they were the best possible candidate is immaterial. It is up to the GOP establishment to support the candidates the people chose. Just like they told us to support John McCain. Off my chest now.

"makes me think that sendin... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

"makes me think that sending a check to Republicans may as well mean sending a check to Democrats... so why do it?"

The BEST way to contribute now is directly to your politician of choice. Cut out the middleman and give directly.

Oh, and send the NRCC a parting gift of a picture of the check you sent that that person that they will not get to use as leverage against them.

OldFlyer-"It is... (Below threshold)
914:

OldFlyer-

"It is up to the GOP establishment to support the candidates the people chose."

Yes, but they did not. Shame on them. She would have won if all the alledged Castle supporters voted for Her. Instead they chose over the will of the people to put a liberal in there.

Screw them and their rino games.

According to Rush, the RNC ... (Below threshold)
Tootsie2:

According to Rush, the RNC has reconsidered and will now help
Renee Ellmers.

This is a good reminder tha... (Below threshold)
jim m:

This is a good reminder that the GOP party bureaucracy is every bit as much the enemy as are the dems.

While the Party aparatus pays lip service to conservative beliefs, what it is really interested in is advancing its own prestige and position. To that end it is committed to growing government and a government that exists, not for the people, but for the ruling class.

Screw the whole lot of them. We need to primary these jerks and kick them all to the curb.

Exactly why they never get ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Exactly why they never get any money from me and never will.

The NRCC says it doesn't ha... (Below threshold)
jbw:

The NRCC says it doesn't have the money to send Ellmers. However Michael Steele says the RNC is chipping in 10K for legal help.

I guess this means I will c... (Below threshold)
Maddox:

I guess this means I will continue telling the RNCC "you are on their own" every time they call me for a donation. We do not share the same principles and it beginning to look as though we never will.

The Republican establishmen... (Below threshold)
sanssoucy:

The Republican establishment - quite rightly - understands that no amount of money and lawyers will be sufficient to overcome the sacks of ballots that are already being "discovered" by Black Panthers, SEIU thugs, and other "poll workers."

Now that these worthies know *exactly* how many Democratic votes need to be "found," it's only a matter of time until Ellmers is rich, golden brown toast.

Why should they spend a nickel on this poor, doomed candidate? Everyone knows that Republicans must win by numbers sufficient to wildly exceed The Margin Of Fraud.

sanssoucy:Maybe yo... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

sanssoucy:

Maybe you missed this. The NRCC abandonment was quite preemptive, not a strategic withdrawal. They were undermining her from the start.

I was afraid that would be their answer. Months ago, I went to Washington and asked the National Republican Congressional Committee and many conservative leaders to help my campaign. Many conservative groups - like the Susan B. Anthony List, Concerned Women of America, Freedom Works, and Sarah Palin's Sarah PAC all helped, but the NRCC declined. Later, they did support other campaigns in North Carolina - which, unfortunately, lost - but we never received their support. In fact, their spokesman told the press "that the campaign wasn't ready for prime time" - which actually made it even harder for us to raise money.
Has a republican ever won a... (Below threshold)
just me:

Has a republican ever won a recount in these circumstances in recent years? this is the new method of ballot stuffing. Wait for the returns, and if it is close find just enough votes for the democratic candidate to claim victory.

The GOP will never win another recount again.




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