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Rep. Ellmers says she'll run again in 2012

Posted January 24, 2012

— Rep. Renee Ellmers said Tuesday that she "absolutely" plans to seek re-election in 2012 for North Carolina‚Äôs 2nd congressional district.

"(I'd) be very happy to continue to represent," she said in an interview with WRAL News ahead of the president's State of the Union address, which is expected to focus on the nation's economic recovery.

Ellmers said she didn't expect President Barack Obama to present a vision for the country that she and Republicans could get behind.

Rep. Renee Ellmers Ellmers: Obama has blocked plans for economic recovery

"We've passed on 27 bills to the Senate (that) are job creators. We continuously pass legislation that he and (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid block," she said. "We want to turn this economy around, and we have the plan moving forward. It really is the president who's blocked us on all this."

Ellmers, a nurse from Dunn, beat long-time Congressman Bob Etheridge in 2010.


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  • holmessonya88 Jan 27, 2012

    I voted for this woman because I thought she would do what she said. If she does run again in November, I will do my best to make sure she does not obtain office again. She has done absolutely nothing for this state! She is much nore concerned with D.C. than NC. So I say let DC have her!

  • dmpaltman2 Jan 25, 2012

    I'm going to file the paperwork and challenge her in November.

  • Objective Scientist Jan 25, 2012

    Yet another follow-up to my previous - now two - posts:

    A suggestion to both parties... STOP the "response address" following the State of the Union address. I've watched many of both and regardless of which party is delivering which address - SOTU or response - the response comes across as a simplistic and rather "lame" attempt to immediately refute and discredit what the sitting President just said... not to mention that there is NO COMPETITION between the background of the President before both parties in the Capitol Building and some lone individual standing in often very "sterile" and uninspiring settings. The "response" address - has NEVER done anything for me other than look, at minimum, somewhat "silly". Both parties... lets discontinue that silly, useless, uninspiring exercise in futility. Wait a day or so, at minimum, then dissect the SOTU address all you want in an appropriate setting/venue - and go beyond simply saying the "other guy" was wrong and you are right!

  • Objective Scientist Jan 25, 2012

    Following up on my previous post of Jan 25 2012 12:40 pm:

    Admittedly playing off of, to some degree, my status as an Independent... it seems fewer and fewer politicians today are even remotely capable of INDEPENDENT thought! For years... and years, it seems, as I have observed politicians of both parties asked all type of questions over a wide variety of topics/issues... the responses are little, if ANY, more than yet another refrain of partisan party dogma. It is as if, within parties, politicians "clone each other"... that there is some "master mold for Dems or Repubs" into which you are poured when you achieve elective office. As a voter who care could care less about your party affiliation and who cares a GREAT deal about your ability to think critically, analytically, pragmatically, etc., etc. and to address issues crucial to my country... BREAK THE MOLD, STOP THE CLONING! Acquire the ability to acknowledge that SOMETIMES someone from the other party actually has a "GOOD" idea!!!

  • Objective Scientist Jan 25, 2012

    I am a very INDEPENDENT Independent - have been for several decades. I rarely use this type of phrase... but in this instance I will: "As a Representative of NC in the US Congress... Ellmers is an absolute "joke"!" She has proven herself to be outstanding in only one area... "parroting" whatever the Republican leadership in the House said. Her abilities to address issues on her own, to articulate them, to be able to respond to questions with anything other than standard "boiler plate" statements that others have already made... is NIL! Although she is not alone among politicians of both parties with regard to those characteristics. I am a lifelong and proud citizen of the USA and of NC. Also, I am proud to be an Independent and would say the same if she were performing in similar fashion as a Democrat... she is an embarrassment to the state of NC. To all politicians, Dems - Repubs - others - when asked a question... PLEASE answer the question and stop stating boiler-plate party dogma!!

  • wral mods blow close my account Jan 25, 2012

    Wow the complaints against Ellmers looks to be bi-partisan.

    Libertarians take note. This seat may be winnable. I'll vote for a Lib or Ind here. Especially if the dems prop up Etheridge.

  • Xiaoding Jan 25, 2012

    Yeah, hopefully we can do better than her.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 25, 2012

    register and vote independent and help get people like this party puppet out of our goverment. Help build a strong America free of polictical corruption by both parties.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 25, 2012

    Yes you can talk or e-mail Rep. Ellmers and you will get a answer she does listen better than any official I know .
    January 25, 2012 9:26 a.m.
    All I can say is you must be a party offical in NC or have a special line to her. Many, many I know have tired. It don't work that easy. Also many complained and tried contacting her about these worthless expensive fliers she waste our tax dollars on. Could get through to her or her Email.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 25, 2012

    I respect Renee Elmers even when I do not agree with her. One thing I will say and know is that she is very respectful towards the citizens of NC and will take time to speak with them. This is more than I can say about some of our state and federal representatives and senators.
    January 25, 2012 9:03 a.m.
    you must of missed the "town hall meeting" in Lillington, where she stood up there with her charts to tell everyone why they're going to lose benefits and why it's good for them. Herself and a powerpoint presentation. That was it, when asked a question she had no answer even on the topic she pretented to be an expert on. She was laughed at and finally has to leave before finishing. She showed in the first 5 minutes how clueless she was. She barely got elected because people were fed up with the other choice. It was either bad or worse. I sometime think we may of gotten worse. Anyone running against her would win in 2012. What a waste for the state of NC.