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Former NC commerce secretary announces bid for US House

Posted January 5, 2014
Updated January 6, 2014

Former N.C. Department of Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco

— Former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco formally announced his bid for Congress Monday.

Crisco, a Democrat, plans to run against Rep. Renee Ellmers, a Republican representing North Carolina's Second Congressional District.

"We need representatives in Washington who will focus on the important issues facing the country," he said in a statement. "Leadership is the ability to bring people together, to work to find consensus and forge government policies that make life better for the people across the Second Congressional District."

Crisco,70, served as commerce secretary under former Gov. Bev Perdue.

"At my age, I'm running to go to Washington and focus on a few key issues and work to find solutions – not develop a long-term political career," he said. "I would like to serve two or three terms and come back home knowing that I have served our nation and made a difference in the future of our children and grandchildren."

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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  • tmstubbs63 Jan 7, 2014

    This old guy has no chance....especially since he was part of the Democrat establishment that damaged this state so much....

  • thinkin out loud Jan 7, 2014

    For every democrat that throws their name in the hat to run against Renee Ellmers I will donate $1000.00 to Ellmers campaign and will do the same for a republican to run against Hagan.

  • turkeydance Jan 6, 2014

    "not develop a long-term political career."
    LIES and more LIES. he already HAD a long-term
    political career. and then:
    "I would like to serve two or three terms..."
    what? THAT's long-term. he's untrustworthy.

  • caronia49 Jan 6, 2014

    Just what NC needs...a cast off of the Perdue Administration....how good was that Administration??? A disgrace....

  • scvmcdoc Jan 6, 2014

    Keith Crisco, if you are reading this please pay attention. There has yet to be a comment in your favor. Save yourself a lot of time and money and just stay home. You have no possible chance.

  • wildpig777 Jan 6, 2014

    well he and perdue couldn't get the nc economy right , you think he has a clue as to how to display the flag? I wouldn't want ANY person from the perdue past to be in public officer the here and now. and just so'syall think im a pat mc supporter --I aint. he needs a 100% turn around or he needs to go back to charlotte as well.

  • TP4Real Jan 6, 2014

    It would appear to me if he is serious about a national office that he would learn the correct positioning of the United States Flag.

    Ain't that the truth. TRUE Patriots would know how to present a flag on a pole. This guy is just all talk. When will libs understand what's important to the people?

  • TP4Real Jan 6, 2014

    While Ellmers has been a bit of an embarassment to us, she's heads and tails better than what the left has to offer. We just need a real Tea party candidate with some serious cred to run against her, or at least bring her back into the fold. No more of this wishy-washy stuff Renee. Time to get serious about removing our government.

  • tarheel60 Jan 6, 2014

    It would appear to me if he is serious about a national office that he would learn the correct positioning of the United States Flag.

  • wildpig777 Jan 6, 2014

    former commerce secr under bev perdue huh? remember what a disaster - economically- perdue left us in? and Crisco thinks he has a chance? dream on.............

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