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Former state senator to challenge Burr

Posted December 7, 2009

— A former state senator says he will challenge U.S. Sen. Richard Burr next year.

Cal Cunningham, who lives in Lexington and practices law in Winston-Salem, said in a statement Monday that he wants to fight against special interests in Washington. The Democrat is an Army veteran who served in Iraq.

“For years, while our families were watching their jobs disappear and their quality of life evaporate, Richard Burr was voting right down the party line with George Bush to bankrupt our country, send our jobs overseas and give away the store to the oil companies and the insurance industry,” Cunningham said.

"Richard Burr has become a textbook example of what’s wrong in Washington. He refuses to accept responsibility and demands no fiscal accountability.”

Cunningham had long been considering a run against Burr but said last month that he would not, saying it was "the wrong race at the wrong time for me and my family."

There was no immediate word on what changed his thinking.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee immediately jumped on Cunningham's switch, saying it raises questions about what promises the Democratic Party made to him.

Democratic sources told WRAL News that Cunningham is getting some key state and national interest that could help him raise the money he will need to boost his name recognition.

Burr is seeking a second term in the Senate in next year's elections. Other Democratic challengers include North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Durham attorney Kenneth Lewis.

Cunningham said he wants to focus on job creation, military communities, schools, and health care costs.

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  • james27613 Dec 8, 2009

    Sen Burr has voted to protect our Second Amendment rights and will not support public option and takeover of health care system.

    Nothing new with Cunningham, he blames it on Bush.

    Cunningham said he wants to focus on job creation, military communities, schools, and health care costs.

  • Bob3425 Dec 8, 2009

    same old line but a different person, blame it all on Bush. He will focus on what? HIMSELF

  • TigerFan91 Dec 8, 2009

    I sincerely cannot wait to vote against this man in November. If you want more Kay Hagan towing the Obama line, Bev Purdue/Mike Easley corruption, or John Edwards absenteeism from the job, VOTE DEMOCRAT!!!
    Oh yeah, the DEMS EPA Chief just listed CO2 as a pollutant, so don't breath Y'ALL.

  • discowhale Dec 7, 2009

    "For years, while our families were watching their jobs disappear and their quality of life evaporate, Richard Burr was voting right down the party line with George Bush to bankrupt our country, send our jobs overseas and give away the store to the oil companies and the insurance industry..."
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    I guess he doesn't see the FLIP SIDE, of NC's local money woes, but it goes like this...
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    For years, while our families were watching their jobs disappear and their quality of life evaporate, Cunningham was voting right down the party line with the rest of the NC Democrats to bankrupt our state, send our jobs out of state or overseas by raising corporate taxes and by giving away the state money to whomever they deemed worthy of getting it..."

    Meet the New Boss, same as the Old Boss!

  • batcave Dec 7, 2009

    Burr has done NOTHING to help the middle class taxpayers and everything to help his wealthy buddiesy

    So what you are saying is Burr is good buddies with Mike Easley , Balance ,Jim Black, Mag scott Phipps , tony rand and the rest of the DEMOCRATIC CROOKS that run this state in the ground.

  • REPUBLICAN ALL THE WAY Dec 7, 2009

    HAVE YALL FORGOT THAT BILL CLINTON SIGNED THE NAFTA BILL. IT WAS NOT BUSH THAT DID THIS. THE DEMOCRATS DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW TO RUN A COUNTRY - HISTORY HAS PROVEN IT ESPECIALLY JOBS. I GET SO SICK AND TIRED OF HEARING THAT IT WAS BUSH. READ THE HISTORY OR JUST ASK OLD FOLKS THEY WILL TELL YOU. SINCE CLINTON SIGNED THE BILL, WHERE ARE THE JOBS??????? THEY AIN'T HERE - THEY ARE IN MEXICO AND OVERSEAS. I REFUSE TO BUY ANYTHING THAT IS NOT AMERICAN MADE. YALL NEED TO WAKE UP!!!!!!!!

  • nerdlywehunt Dec 7, 2009

    Burr has done NOTHING to help the middle class taxpayers and everything to help his wealthy buddies. Bushenomics at it's best. And don't start by blaming the economic mess we are in on the Dems. Not all taxpayers are as dim witted as the neocon right! Throw all the nopublicans out of office!!!!!

  • alx Dec 7, 2009

    So what has happened to our state economy while the dems have been in office. what has happened to our taxes.. with that in mind do we want the same but going to washington. all this candidate is - bev perdue clone

  • go4gin Dec 7, 2009

    The only thing I want to hear is:
    What is your STAND on illegal immigration?

    Our unemployment rate is at an all time high, yet 35% (yep , that's right THIRTY FIVE PER CENT) of NC's work force are illegal aliens! So the person with the best stance on curbing illegal immigration gets my vote.

  • computer trainer Dec 7, 2009

    I can tell you what changed his mind, DEM $$. They would not back Elaine Marshall, because they did not think that she could raise a HUGE campaign chest. They will back him, thinking that with the military service, he will be a shoe in, and will be able to bring big $$ to the DEMs.

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