Ex-NC Congressman Etheridge Looking At 2012 Race

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge is evaluating whether he'll try to run for his old seat in Congress.

The Harnett County Democrat told The News & Observer of Raleigh on Tuesday he'll sit down with supporters early next year and discuss his options. One would include seeking the 2nd Congressional District seat he narrowly lost to Republican Renee Ellmers in 2010.

Etheridge told the newspaper he's frustrated with what's going on in Washington and blames recent problems on members of the tea party movement elected to Congress.

The 70-year-old Etheridge now lives in the 4th District after redistricting, but state law allows citizens to run for any congressional seat.

Etheridge served in Congress for 14 years. He's now Gov. Beverly Perdue's point man on the state's Hurricane Irene recovery.


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  • by donnie Location: wendell, nc on Jan 2, 2012 at 07:55 AM
    Bob got my vote for life when he spanked those punks.
  • by Just a Voter on Dec 21, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    Bobby "two martini lunch" Etheridge just needs to fade away. You got beat in a democratic district because u got drunk and lost your temper. Now it is a republican district and Renee is doing a good job. The guy is 70 years old. Its the career politicians like him who have looted this country long enough. Just go away Bobby. Just go away.
  • by beachbum3 on Dec 21, 2011 at 08:14 AM
    while i am not in favor of mr etherage all that much as that when he was in the former congressional seat that he previuosly held he voted to closely with the repbulcian majority against his own party over issues. but at the same time anyone would be a better respresentive than the current renee ellmers for in my personal oopinion she is an has been one great big total joke from day one in office thank you
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Dec 21, 2011 at 05:59 AM
    Dear LORD! ENOUGH with the democrats already!
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      by beachbum3 on Dec 21, 2011 at 08:19 AM in reply to ralphie
      ralphie : i have in times past heard that the repbulcians were going to fix this country. if these current ecomonic time are their ideas of their fixing the country i surelypray that they will very soon stop fixing it for the country has had about as much fixing as it can stand comming from the obstructionist in the u.s house an they have surely not attempted to work in any form of bipartisanship with this current president to the deterement of the entire coutry. thank you
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        by ralphie on Dec 21, 2011 at 09:27 AM in reply to beachbum3
        bum- they have tried, but the evil pig dems are so talented at destroying the country-- what you complain of, not the attempts to fix it!-- that they are succeeding.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Dec 21, 2011 at 05:28 AM
    who are you? who are you? who are you?
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Dec 20, 2011 at 11:23 PM
    What an egomaniac.......... He was a jerk 30yrs.ago... hasn't changed a bit.
  • by Wilhelm Location: Greenville on Dec 20, 2011 at 07:43 PM
    The greatest assest of Republicans is dishonesty.
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      by Lubba on Dec 21, 2011 at 05:53 AM in reply to Wilhelm
      You think he is a repub.........lol, what rock you live under?
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      by ralphie on Dec 21, 2011 at 05:59 AM in reply to Wilhelm
      that would be funny if it was not such a lie.
  • by 40some on Dec 20, 2011 at 07:25 PM
    Great! Especially since things are so good after his last career up on the hill.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 06:47 PM
    what a joke this man is
  • by Carl Kolchack Location: Pitt County on Dec 20, 2011 at 05:44 PM
    Ah, good ole congressman Etheridge, if WITN will allow it, here is a youtube video of him at his finest. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v60oNUoHBYM
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      by ralphie on Dec 21, 2011 at 06:01 AM in reply to Carl Kolchack
      I forgot that speech impediment twerp doing that! Thanks!
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