@NCCapitol

@NCCapitol

Brannon lands Paul endorsement

Posted October 16, 2013

— U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon cemented his tea party cred Wednesday by garnering the endorsement of Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

"Americans are looking for leaders who will honor their oath of office by fighting to ‘protect and defend’ the Constitution, and Greg is the clear choice for conservatives in North Carolina," Paul said in a news release from the Brannon campaign.

In addition to Brannon, House Speaker Thom Tillis and the Rev. Mark Harris, president of the Baptist State Convention, are planning on running. Tillis, a former IBM executive and management consultant, is thought to appeal to business leaders. Harris, a preacher, is thought to be an attractive candidate for "values voters." 

Brannon, an ob-gyn with his own practice in Cary, has drawn support from the tea party, portraying himself as a hard-line, small-government fiscal conservative. Paul's endorsement will burnish that image. 

"As Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and I showed clearly in our campaigns, when you run on principle and excite the grass-roots Republicans and Independents and even Democrats hungry for a change, you win. That's why I support Greg Brannon and expect him to be North Carolina's next Senator," Paul wrote.

The winner of next spring's Republican primary will take on U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat, in the fall general election. 

16 Comments

This story is closed for comments. Comments on WRAL.com news stories are accepted and moderated between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Oldest First
View all
  • wlbbjb Oct 22, 5:10 a.m.

    By all means "protect and defend" but don't threaten to take your toys and go home if you're not getting your way. That only serves the interest of the enemies of the United States.

  • tierneemalinadeveaux Oct 21, 5:04 p.m.

    I don't care who endorses or doesn't endorse Dr. Brannon, he is getting my vote!!!

  • NC_interest Oct 21, 4:02 p.m.

    "The democrat controlled Senate was responsible for the "

    you lost me at the lie.

  • rpd911 Oct 21, 10:07 a.m.

    By the comments on here I see that most are Kool-aid drinking democrats or left leaning Rhinos. The democrat controlled Senate was responsible for the shutdown and just in case you weren't aware, most if not all folks on "furlough" or those that were working all get paid, some getting double pay. As for the cost that some associated it with, 24 Billion, that's a number thrown out there by the white house. As for the backing by Paul, it will very likely bolster support for Brannon. Being that a lot, if not most of the readers of WRAL are liberal leaning, not surprised to see so many comments of like minds.

  • NC_interest Oct 21, 9:38 a.m.

    There went Brannon's chances at ever winning.

  • teleman60 Oct 21, 9:36 a.m.

    Any guy who spends the weekend publicly sponsoring and associating with persons giving directions on how to circumvent and thwart US laws AND IS RUNNING FOR Senate as a teapublican has a major problem.

    Cruz and republicans cost the economy AND REAL PEOPLE $24 BILLION DOLLARS and they all act like it didn't happen! All the contractors that work for the govt DID NOT GET 2 WEEKS PAY. Thousands of innocent people were affected but Cruz and Brannon ignore them all.

  • tgiv Oct 19, 5:20 p.m.

    After the simple-minded shutdown, any participant endorsement simply sends me the other direction.

  • gibbman67 Oct 18, 6:19 p.m.

    he has my vote anybody but Kay Hagan

  • rushbot Oct 18, 8:10 a.m.

    brannon is definitely a hater of the poor and the middle class..that's the tea party philosophy..come and drink our tea and then we will worship mammon!!!

  • goldenosprey Oct 17, 9:18 a.m.

    I'm surprised Brannon let the news go public.

More...