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Marshall built career on fighting for families

Posted October 22, 2010

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— North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall first developed an interest in public office in her hometown of Lillington.

Former U.S. Sen. Robert Morgan, now a Lillington lawyer, served as Marshall's mentor after she completed law school. He said he quickly recognized her potential to succeed in politics.

"She didn't give up. She was tenacious, and I noticed the same thing about her when she went to the state Senate. To put it in common language, she was a scrapper," Morgan said recently.

Elaine Marshall on primary night Marshall built career on fighting for families

"You can tell by her campaigning and also what she's done as secretary of state. She's tenacious. Whatever she believes in, she will fight for," he said.

Longtime friend Jennifer Walker said one of Marshall's top priorities always has been to fight for families.

"I can remember her fighting to remove an antiquated law off the books of Harnett County of how men could treat their wives," Walker said.

The two women became friends when they worked together in the 1970s to make life better for families who had fallen on hard times.

"When we are in a position to help families and to help people, she will use that expertise," Walker said. "It might not be popular. It may not be what the good ole boy network wants, but Elaine will stand up."

Walker said she's not surprised Marshall is making a run at the U.S. Senate.

"I kept saying, 'Elaine, you ought to go for the top,'" she said. "I'm not going to tell you what I thought the top was, but I said, 'You ought to go for it.'"

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  • orionsteve Oct 22, 2010

    orionsteve, if you did a little research as to how our senator votes when he are in DC you would know that it 100% fact....more research and less sophmoric plays on user account names would probably help you in the long run.

    OK OK ...But it was hilariously clever if you ask me. And while Burr is a rino, Marshall is a joke. Lesser of two evils. Who is the Libertarian?

  • Juncyard Oct 22, 2010

    orionsteve, if you did a little research as to how our senator votes when he are in DC you would know that it 100% fact....more research and less sophmoric plays on user account names would probably help you in the long run.

  • geosol Oct 22, 2010

    "Junctard" - orionsteve? Wow! That's a very telling statement from you. Do you want us to believe that your fellow far righties have nothing better than 2nd grade insults for people who disagree with you and try to degrade people who are handicapped? Nice!

  • geosol Oct 22, 2010

    Wondered how long it would take before the right wingers rolled out the old "liberal media" conspiracy that they've been told to repeat whenever they don't like the news. Didn't take too long, did it? Where were these right wing conspiracy robots yesterday when the story was a positive message about their little hero, Bush Jr.? Just like Nazi Germany in the 30's, if you can convince your minions that all the media is out to get you, you can justify to them that they only need to pay attention to the one place where they can get the "real" news that is nothing but right wing propaganda. Works great for people who can't think for themselves and want to believe only things that they think make them feel better about themselves.

  • orionsteve Oct 22, 2010

    "bet Marshall would not have voted against a woman's right to seek juctice in court after being raped by Haliburton contractors. Junctard"

    A little over the top wouldn't you say?

  • orionsteve Oct 22, 2010

    Burr scared me with his support for illegals last time the issue was hot. He has rino tendancies that need to be addressed.

  • orionsteve Oct 22, 2010

    "Richard Burr as Senator = just another US government job outsourced to Haliburton Junctard"

    Get used to it. He is well ahead and is considered a very safe bet.

    We need to work on Brad Miller David Price and Ethridge who need to be ousted.

  • Juncyard Oct 22, 2010

    I bet Marshall would not have voted against a woman's right to seek juctice in court after being raped by Haliburton contractors.

  • Juncyard Oct 22, 2010

    Richard Burr as Senator = just another US government job outsourced to Haliburton

  • mep Oct 22, 2010

    Where is Obama when you need him?... Marshall needs help winning this election. Oh that's right... it was a lost cause to begin with, cause Burr is doing a FINE job representing conservative interests here in NC, and the voters know it! Burr voted against every single liberal socialist bill from the Obama administration. That is good enough for me.

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