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Former NC Commerce chief seeks Ellmers' House seat

Posted December 19, 2013

Former N.C. Department of Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco

— Former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco is throwing his hat in the ring as a potential 2014 opponent to Republican 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers.

A Crisco for Congress campaign committee was formally established Monday, according to a Federal Election Commission document.

A former Asheboro textile executive, Crisco headed the state Department of Commerce under former Gov. Beverly Perdue.

The Democrat told WRAL News in October that he was considering a run for the U.S. House to improve bipartisanship in Congress.

"My style was to work across the aisle," he said at the time. "I think people are ready for someone who's willing to talk and find solutions – someone more centrist. I think that's a better working approach."

Ellmers has been an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama during her two terms in the House, especially of his signature health care law.

Durham attorney Houston Barnes also has filed for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd District, while Frank Roche, a conservative Internet talk show host from Cary, plans to oppose Ellmers in the Republican primary.

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  • TruDat Dec 21, 11:17 p.m.

    "Now we just need a strong candidate to run against George Holding in that gerrymandered 13th District. George even voted against the budget last week that passed with large bi-partisan margins. He was also one of the initial backers of the government shutdown plan. Other than voting yes to de-fund or destroy the ACA, he has probably never voted for a bill except maybe naming a post office or road."

    I'm pretty sure George slept through all those votes, LOL!

  • zonk Dec 20, 11:35 a.m.

    Crisco is as slick as his name If he supports ACA why would anyone vote for him ?

  • tmstubbs63 Dec 20, 11:12 a.m.

    Anybody who worked in the Perdue admin should be shunned....he was a fantastic success (sarcasm)..

  • teleman60 Dec 20, 7:56 a.m.

    Amen - Elmers needs to go apply at the glue company because she didn't even understand that shutting down the govt INCLUDED HER! You can't take the paychecks from millions of people AND DEMAND YOUR OWN!!

    Elmers displayed her PR savvy on national TV by repeating over and over the debunked gop talking points until they turned off the camera in disgust.

    "Just walk away Renee..."

  • lmatthews1948 Dec 20, 6:41 a.m.

    Now we just need a strong candidate to run against George Holding in that gerrymandered 13th District. George even voted against the budget last week that passed with large bi-partisan margins. He was also one of the initial backers of the government shutdown plan. Other than voting yes to de-fund or destroy the ACA, he has probably never voted for a bill except maybe naming a post office or road.

  • wafranklin Dec 20, 2:09 a.m.

    Keith Crisco is a blue dog, a centrist, who thinks he can do the bipartisan thing. Well, that is a dead letter. Another DINO who thinks he can play well with Republicans. Hmmmm. How is that for denial, which is not a river in Egypt. Good luck Keith.

  • lbontheliberalmedia Dec 19, 9:52 p.m.

    Gee Mr. Crisco . . How about we talk about all of the jobs that you have created . . in HONDURAS. How many jobs did you kill in Asheboro by moving entire divisions of your company to HONDURAS. You got some 'splaining to do.

  • Sally1023 Dec 19, 7:40 p.m.

    scvmcdoc, I think you will be very surprised in 2014. This state has had enough of Tillis, Berger, mccrory and Pope. And Ellmers?! She has got to go! She has done nothing for North Carolina, another wasted seat and wasted money on her in the most do nothing House in the history of the country!

  • dickle Dec 19, 6:18 p.m.

    looks like Renee is a shoo-in in 2014

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Dec 19, 3:27 p.m.

    "Save your money and stay home Keith. There is no one from Bev's administration that will ever stand a chance of being elected to public office." - scvmcdoc

    :-) A poster who didn't even THINK about who Crisco would be running against. And considering some of the other newcomers and the quality they have shown in 2013, I wouldn't be surprised to see Bev herself coming back! It would definitely be an improvement as this point. Never thought I'd say THAT - but there can be no doubt now.

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