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Speciale picks up Dem challenger

Posted November 25, 2013

New Bern attorney and Democratic state House hopeful Robert "Whit" Whitley.

New Bern attorney Whit Whitley announced Monday he's seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Michael Speciale, R-Craven, next fall.

Speciale, a freshman legislator, represents House District 3, made up of Beaufort, Craven, and Pamlico Counties. He soundly defeated Democrat Robert Cayton in 2012. 

Speciale's predecessor was Norm Sanderson, who defeated incumbent Democrat Alice Graham Underhill in 2010 by a wide margin. Sanderson moved to the Senate in 2012 after redistricting. 

According to his announcement release, Whitley is managing partner of the Whitley Law Firm, and also owns a small retail business in New Bern with his wife, Kelly.

Whitley says he's a "mainstream, middle-of-the-road" candidate who backs higher funding for public education in NC from pre-K to universities. 

"Our government system is frozen because of the hyper-partisanship we are seeing in our politics today," Whitley said in his release. "I’m running because I believe we need a State Representative who will be a consensus builder, who will listen as much as he talks, and will work to reach across the aisle to do what’s right to advance the interests of House District 3 and our state."

Speciale, a retired Marine veteran, has made headlines several times this year for calling the president of the state NAACP "racist," for a floor speech about killing dogs with a baseball bat, and for authoring a resolution opposing any federal restriction on gun rights in North Carolina.  He didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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  • Bill Brasky Dec 2, 2013

    "You guys are so confused, you make the argument for me. "

    Libertarian, your original argument stated

    "I do not care about who marries, the government should NOT be involved in religious activities including marriages."

    Then you stated

    "Why are you guys so dense? Why do you have to bring in religion?? A marriage is a contract, treat it as one!!!"

    Your opinion on the topic did a pretty sweet 180 throughout the comments....and we are the dense ones?

  • Sally1023 Dec 1, 2013

    Whit Whitley sounds like he will bring commom sense and moderate views to Raleigh. He says he wants to support education Pre-k through University. NC cannot, will not be great if our citizens are not well educated and teachers are valued.

  • A Libertarian Nov 26, 2013

    bill, what part do you not understand. county clerks, record keepers, all of government keeps the records and the courts enforces them. You guys are so confused, you make the argument for me. I am telling you the same thing, marriage is a contract, if they can do this for house purchases and other contracts, why not a marriage??? Why are you guys so dense?
    Why do you have to bring in religion?? A marriage is a contract, treat it as one!!! If you want a contract, sign a contract, record with county courthouse and you are done. WHY BRING RELIGION INTO IT??

  • Bill Brasky Nov 26, 2013

    Libertarian,

    When someone closes on a home it goes through a closing attorney. Before the closing, the attorney orders title insurance which includes proof that the seller currently owns the property. The attorney obtains this info through the county's government records. Once the closing paperwork is completed by the seller and buyer, proof of the sale then goes to the county registers office for recording...AKA Government. That way if there are any legal issues with the property, the county has evidence of who owns the property, and for future recording purposes. As you can see, the government is all over home purchases.

  • junkmail5 Nov 26, 2013

    If you buy a house, do you go to the justice of the peace or a church, no, you sign a contract usually with a notary- libertarian

    and then various things get filed WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

    Just as Bill explained.

    Otherwise the tax bill goes to the wrong guy, the utilities contact the wrong guy when digging or trimming, the highway folks contact the wrong guy when doing construction, the probate court knows how to handle inheritance, and on and on.

    So the only failure here is yours, in not understanding that property sales are an example proving you WRONG.

    The government IS involved there.

    For many good reasons. Just like marriage.

  • Bill Brasky Nov 26, 2013

    " If you buy a house, do you go to the justice of the peace or a church, no, you sign a contract usually with a notary. your argument fails everytime."

    Interesting point of view you have. When you purchase a property it gets recorded by county government. So yes, the government is involved with property sales since they enforce property law. And if you are married, the deed of trust has to be recorded jointly by the county government, which is state law. For tax purposes as well as in cases of divorce there is legal proof of the ownership of the property, as well as who is responsible for the loan. As you see, it is important for the government to be involved in legal contracts including marriage.

  • hppyhourhero Nov 26, 2013

    A Libertarian: "what planet are you on? who goes to an attorney to get married?"...Well, according to you, everyone should to have a legal contract written up by one....By the way, me, Bill and Junk won this round...Happy Thanksgiving.

  • A Libertarian Nov 26, 2013

    Bill - The courts enforce the contract like all other contracts. The argument is why do you have to involve the government to get married. Since by your words, this is a contract and I agree, why not just go to a notary to sign a contract? One more time, why do you have to involve the government for a contract?? If you buy a house, do you go to the justice of the peace or a church, no, you sign a contract usually with a notary. your argument fails everytime.

  • Bill Brasky Nov 26, 2013

    Libertarian...marriage has always been a legal contract, you act as if this is something new...and guess who enforces legal contracts? If it wasn't for the government that contract doesn't mean squat.

  • A Libertarian Nov 26, 2013

    junk and other less informed, lets see, all the government does is you sign a form when you get married, a contract. Why not paid 2 dollars and sign that same form from a notary. The tax laws already define what the contract is, again, why must you have the government in every aspect of my life??
    Simple question, now we will wait for the liberal talking points.

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