Senate Candidate Denies She's Running To Split Black Vote

One Democratic candidate for state senate says claims that she was put in the heated race to split the black vote are false.

Florence Armstrong, a former Edgecombe County commissioner, says the Frankie Bordeaux campaign claims that incumbent State Senator Clark Jenkins got Armstrong to run in the primary. Both Armstrong and Bordeaux are black, while Jenkins is white.

"At this point, I am fed up", Armstrong said, "I have more experience, I have been a very active member of the community. I have been pleading with both candidates to make this election about the people and the issues facing district three and not personal attacks."

The third senate district is made up of Edgecombe, Martin counties and a large portion of Pitt County.

In a statement to WITN News, Jenkins said he did not get Armstrong to join the race to split the vote.

Bordeaux's campaign issued a statement as well. In it Bordeaux says he is the only minority candidate who can beat Jenkins, but he did not specifically address the allegations made by Armstrong.

The race already took a twist when officials revealed that a company owned by Bordeaux and his wife agreed to repay $4.2 million for overbilling Medicaid for mental health services. The Attorney General's Office confirms that its Medicaid Fraud Investigative Unit is investigating Cambridge Behavior Health Services.


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  • by Dixiegirl929 Location: Tarboro on May 21, 2010 at 06:17 PM
    Oooooooohhh Data Man!! too bad you're thug friend didn't win!!! LOL!!! What part of town is he now running? Or is he too busy counting his $$ he scammed from taxpayers on Medicare fraud. Now if we can get Jenkins voted out we'll really be in business.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2010 at 11:03 PM
    is EVERYTHING about race? geesh
  • by Rich Location: Greenville on Apr 26, 2010 at 05:19 PM
    There you go, To Data Man, we've got a good dialogue going and you try to get a rise out of someone. Nice.
  • by To Data Man Location: ENC on Apr 26, 2010 at 04:28 PM
    Data Man, Your thoughts sound far too mature and unbiased for Snake Oil to ever agree with you. My experience has taught me that hate mongers seldom, if ever, agree to a truce.
  • by Rich Location: Greenville on Apr 26, 2010 at 01:39 PM
    You got it, Data Man. No doubt about it, I wish we could get the ball running on that kind of reform.
  • by Data Man on Apr 26, 2010 at 12:24 PM
    TO Obama Snake Oil, we might not agree on most things but there is no way a healthy person shouldnt be out looking a job. Making uwanted kids and getting checks from tax payers is not the answer. And America should have something in place to get these people to work! If a person runs for office, put a plan together that will punish these thugs for vioent crimes, make theses lazy people work and enforce immigration laws. I dont care if he is a republican or Democrat or Independent! HE or SHE has my vote. If we stop those 3 things then Health care will take care of itself! Im calling a Truce for you and I Obama Snake Oil.
  • by Data Man on Apr 26, 2010 at 12:19 PM
    Rich, they should be drug tested and made to work as well. Some of these people are healthy and just dont want to work at all. They are just lazy in general. Working poor people should recieve help not someone who has a child each year for fun. These kids should be given to people that have a good job and want kids and can't have them. If the goverment make them work they will quit this mess!
  • by I'm Wondering, too Location: Edgecombe County on Apr 26, 2010 at 09:12 AM
    I am a black voter and I support Mrs. Florence Arnold Armstrong for Senate District 3. I voted early at the poll in Rocky Mount and since I had on one of Mrs. Armstrong's campaign buttons, one of the workers enslaved by Frankie Bordeaux said that I could not see one of the "special sheets of papers" and indicated that I would only be entitled to the handout with a picture of Frankie sporting his devious and dishonest grin. Lord save us! Please vote for Mrs. Armstrong.
  • by Rich Location: Greenville on Apr 25, 2010 at 06:15 PM
    Obama Snake Oil, I wake up every day and thank God for the ability to work hard and the will to do so. I work about 70 hours a week to ensure my family is taken care of and to build something for my children. I know exactly where you're coming from with your education statement as well. I'm already working on instilling a strong work ethic into my young children and my wife and I are trying to figure out which direction we want to take as far as their schooling: Home schooling, public, or private. We'll see what the future holds.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Apr 25, 2010 at 02:23 PM
    Data man and Rich, good fair honest posts. If you live with a simple credo, our fathers wanted something better for us, their children. We should all want the same in life for our kids. So, what should we do for our kids to make their life better? Education, education, education.....
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