Renee Ellmers still needs your help.
Noted choke-hold expert Bob Etheridge will not go faintly into the night after finding a couple of hundred ballots someplace. Etheridge's "Get The Extreme Elderly Out To Vote" seems to be working better than expected.
The margin was close but enough for a decisive win for Ellmers. Until a "counting error" was found. If anymore votes are "found", it trigger a recount by law. And the recount will go on and on until enough votes break for Bob "WWF" Etheridge.
Ellmers needs your support more than ever.
Election night, after the ten counties in my district had reported their votes, I led Bob Etheridge by 2,100 votes. (That number is crucial because under North Carolina law Congressman Etheridge is not entitled to an ‘automatic recount’ if he trails by more than 1% – or 1,888 votes.)Since that time, the NRCC has finally done their part for this "Not Ready For Prime Time" candidate who happened to win her election. They did the job they are supposed to do.
Then, yesterday afternoon – unexpectedly – the vote totals changed. The State Board of Elections reported my lead had dropped to 1,600 votes. Two hours later Bob Etheridge announced he intended to call for a recount.
As a result, last night my campaign began hiring attorneys – eleven attorneys in all. One in each county to monitor each recount and an attorney to work with the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
Right now, our best estimate of the minimum cost we face is $50,000. But, of course, my campaign spent every penny we had before the election.
Yesterday, we appealed to the National Republican Congressional Committee for support, asking if they could contribute to help pay the costs of this recount. Their answer, unfortunately, was, No – that we would have to raise the money to pay for the recount ourselves.
I was afraid that would be their answer. Months ago, I went to Washington and asked the National Republican Congressional Committee and many conservative leaders to help my campaign. Many conservative groups – like the Susan B. Anthony List, Concerned Women of America, Freedom Works, and Sarah Palin’s Sarah PAC all helped, but the NRCC declined. Later, they did support other campaigns in North Carolina – which, unfortunately, lost – but we never received their support. In fact, their spokesman told the press “that the campaign wasn’t ready for prime time” – which actually made it even harder for us to raise money. So, I am doubtful we will get support from the NRCC to help with the expense of the recount.
Back to Ten Buck Friday.
It was an amazingly simple concept that many blogs picked up on in the run up to the general election. At the end of each workweek, take 10 bucks (or 20 or 30 or whatever amount you wanted to use) and donate it. Instead of dinner for four at Pizza Hut, you could have bought a take and bake pizza and a bottle of soda and sent the price difference to the candidate of your choice. It's that easy.
So here is the scoop. I already donated to Renee's recount fund. And between all of the blogs I contribute to:
Out of those five blogs, surely there is a readership of more than a hundred people on any one day. And if those 100 readers could donate 10 bucks each, it would make it an easy grand in her bank. If it helps, I already donated $25 bucks this morning.
I don't make this bleg (blog beg) lightly. And I'm not saying that Bob "Five Martini Breakfast" Etheridge is out to steal this election. But I'm not not saying it either. And by steal I mean that liberals mean to render you mute on how you want this country to be ran. Don't let them steal your voice and your vote. Speak out today.
Thanks to Bob for some of the links and the reminder for Ten Buck Fridays.