Newly elected Republican Renee Ellmers called defeated Democrat Bob Etheridge’s concession statement “gracious.” But Scott Johnson of the PowerLine blog sees it otherwise:
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Etheridge is something of a whinging girlie man. According to the Raleigh News Observer, outside groups spent $360,000 to defeat Etheridge. As the incumbent, however, Etheridge was able to raise more than a million dollars to fund his campaign. As of the last campaign finance report before the election, Ellmers had raised half that amount. In fact, Etheridge outspent Ellmers something like 3:1.
Etheridge stumped for the Democrats’ $825 billion dollar “stimulus” slush fund and voted in favor of Obamacare. The case of Bob Etheridge provides a textbook example of a congressman who lost his race on the merits.