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Former US prosecutor to run for Congress

Posted July 13, 2011

U.S. Attorney George Holding

— The federal prosecutor who oversaw investigations into former presidential candidate John Edwards and former Gov. Mike Easley plans to get into politics himself.

George Holding, who stepped down last week as U.S. attorney for eastern North Carolina, will run for the 13th Congressional District seat held by Democrat Brad Miller, according to Carter Wrenn, a Republican strategist who will advise Holding's campaign.

"He's exactly the kind of person we need," Wrenn said Wednesday. "He's not a politician. He's straight-forward and tells it like it is,."

Holding was appointed U.S. attorney in 2006 by former President George W. Bush. He was set to step down after President Barack Obama's election but remained in his post pending the conclusion of high-profile – and highly politicized – investigations of Edwards and Easley, two Democrats.

Edwards was indicted last month and pleaded not guilty to charges of violating federal campaign finance laws, criminal conspiracy and making false statements. Easley pleaded guilty in November to a felony campaign finance violation in state court.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Thomas Walker of Charlotte to succeed Holding. Walker was a federal prosecutor in western North Carolina and a former colleague of state Attorney General Roy Cooper.

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  • Carolina Conservator Jul 14, 2011

    Mr. Holding,as respected a U S Attorney as the district has ever seen, deserved our support as he seeks a congressional seat.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Jul 14, 2011

    "just ask a neutral observer like most any major North Carolina news outlet"

    BWAhahahahahah! You're kidding right?

    Most of them are biased leaning left.

    Go George Go!

  • THE ETERNAL Jul 14, 2011

    BrightLight you are so correct...amen

  • BrightLight Jul 13, 2011

    If you doubt my last post, just ask a neutral observer like most any major North Carolina news outlet.

  • are you kidding me Jul 13, 2011

    truth is unfamiliar with this gentleman

  • BrightLight Jul 13, 2011

    When it comes to NC politicians running for national office, there are a couple of important points that bear repeating over and over to all you voters:
    1-All the Democratic candidates are moderates.
    2-All the Republican candidates are right-wing partisans.
    1-All the Democratic candidates are moderates.
    2-All the Republican candidates are right-wing partisans.
    1-All the Democratic candidates are moderates.
    2-All the Republican candidates are right-wing partisans. 1-All the Democratic candidates are moderates. 2-All the Republican candidates are right-wing partisans. 1-All the Democratic candidates are moderates. 2-All the Republican candidates are right-wing partisans. 1-All the Democratic candidates are moderates. 2-All the Republican candidates are right-wing partisans. 1-All the Democratic candidates are moderates. 2-All the Republican candidates are right-wing partisans. 1-All the Democratic candidates are moderates. 2-All the Republican candidates are right-wing partisans.

  • gman007 Jul 13, 2011

    Just what we need, another rich lawyer running for office. Hey, Mr. Holding, what's in your closet??

  • jelly bean Jul 13, 2011

    All this and a new district too? Yippee.

  • hpr641 Jul 13, 2011

    Just TOO sweet ... Rep. Miller, would you please go ahead and send over to Mr. Holding the dimensions of your Congressional office?

  • teleman60 Jul 13, 2011

    He stayed on to prosecute Easley for a campaign worker not listing one flight 7 years ago and Edwards for gift money 5 years ago just days before he should have resigned...not political at all...

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