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Longtime associates call Burr hard worker

Posted October 21, 2010

— As U.S. Sen. Richard Burr campaigns for a second term in Washington, D.C., people in his hometown of Winston-Salem say he learned at an early age to be tough and disciplined.

The son of a minister, Burr grew up playing sports before going into a career in sales.

"I think it goes back to sports. He was very competitive," friend Chuck Duckett said. "Sales is a competition in a way. It's an extension of sports. You know, he was always competitive – a hard hitter, loved football. He's not afraid to work."

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John Dinan, a political scientist at Wake Forest University, said Burr has maintained a reputation on Capitol Hill of being a hard worker.

"The standard description of a senator is they divide into the show horses and the workhorses," Dinan said. "In the world of the Senate parlance, to be called a workhorse is a compliment rather than to be called a show horse."

Bill Mitchell, who cuts Burr's hair at Mount Tabor Barber and Style and has known him for 25 years, said the senator has very little pretense.

"Most of the time, he just comes in and sits down ... and we talk about sports," Mitchell said. "He doesn't say anything about how to cut his hair."

His friends say that is Burr's style: Keep your head down and work.

"If you have a problem and you're in the military or it's a medical question, things like that, you get answers," Duckett said. "That's really what people want."


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  • gnewsome1 Oct 22, 2010

    Richard Burr is a hard worker and his office is responsive. If you don't believe it, ask for his assistance, dems or republicans. He treats us all the same.

  • tuttleb07 Oct 22, 2010

    Is this a subjective article about Sen. Richard Burr, a candidate for North Carolina's seat on the United States Senate, or is this simply a campaign ad ran for free on WRAL's website that gives the appearance, but not substance, of real journalism. Way to keep us informed, Pam!

  • Snookyone Oct 22, 2010

    Why are anti-Burr comments are being rejected from this thread?

  • tommys5 Oct 22, 2010

    This story is to good for Republicans. It will be off the main board by 12:05 pm today.

  • 6079 SMITH W Oct 21, 2010

    Good for Senator Burr for promoting his "tough and disciplined" values.....the next generations will need them to survive if the Neo-Cons get back in power. ;)

  • prn13norm Oct 21, 2010

    Even the Liberal media has to tell the truth once in a while.

  • geosol Oct 21, 2010

    Oh, sorry, all you rightwingers can't believe this story since its in that dreaded "liberal media". Unless, of course, that's just a convenient excuse that you like to try to use when things don't quite go your way.