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Exclusive - Five With Frank Roche - Candidate for #NC02

By A.P. Dil­lon

It is pri­mary time in NC and early vot­ing is cur­rently going on in North Car­olina. Over the past few months, I have had a chance to meet Frank Roche at mul­ti­ple events in the Raleigh area. Roche is a can­di­date for North Carolina’s 2nd Con­gres­sional dis­trict and pri­mary chal­lenger to incum­bent Renee Ellmers. I pitched five ques­tions to Roche, which we’ll get to after a lit­tle but of back­ground on the 2nd Con­gres­sional race and a quick look at Roche himself.

The 2nd Con­gres­sional District

The 2nd Dis­trict has a bit of an inter­est­ing his­tory. The state leg­is­la­ture cre­ated the 2nd dis­trict just after the Civil war. The pop­u­la­tion was major­ity Black and you might find older ref­er­ences to “The Black Sec­ond”. All four of NC’s Black Con­gress­man in the post-​civil war era came from that dis­trict. By the way, they were all Repub­li­can and the dis­trict itself was heav­ily Repub­li­can. The Democ­rats attempted to break that up and ger­ry­man­dered the dis­trict to include ten counties.

Ger­ry­man­der­ing was just one of the tac­tics the Democ­rats used to push Blacks out of the dis­trict. When Democ­rats took con­trol of the leg­is­la­ture, they sought to keep Blacks from hold­ing office at any level in North Car­olina and passed a dis­fran­chise­ment Con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment that severely restricted Black vot­ing rights. Democ­rats and Lib­er­als have a foul his­tory in NC that they have done a good job revis­ing and hop­ing peo­ple forget.

Today, the 2nd dis­trict is made up of nine coun­ties that include: Ala­mance, Chatham, Cum­ber­land, Har­nett, Hoke, Lee, Moore, Ran­dolph and Wake counties.

In 2010, Tea Party favorite Renee Ellmers pushed out Demo­c­rat Bob Etheridge in 2nd Con­gres­sional dis­trict. Etheridge had been in there for seven terms, so this was no easy feat. Ellmers won the back­ing of Sarah Palin for her stance on Oba­macare. Ellmers had a bit of help from Etheridge him­self though, in the form of being caught on video assault­ing a stu­dent jour­nal­ist. The video went viral and “Who Are You?” became syn­ony­mous with the name Etheridge.

It would seem that caught on cam­era type his­tory is repeat­ing itself a lit­tle bit. Ellmers went on the Laura Ingra­ham show and basi­cally got into a fight with the host over ille­gal immi­gra­tion. Things got heated when Ingra­ham pointed out Ellmers was using Lib­eral Demo­c­rat talk­ing points on the issue. Bre­it­bart has the audio and chron­i­cle of the inci­dent. Unsur­pris­ingly, Ingra­ham has thrown her sup­port behind Roche, as has Ann Coulter.

Things went from bad to worse after the Ingra­ham show. Not long after that inci­dent, PJ Media pub­lished an arti­cle that included audio from a meet­ing between Ellmers and North Car­olina cit­i­zens on ille­gal immi­gra­tion. In it, mem­bers of the Ran­dolph Tea party can be heard press­ing Ellmers on ille­gal immi­gra­tion. The con­ver­sa­tion was com­bat­ive and full of inter­rup­tions with a reply to one of them being, “You don’t have any damn facts.” Ouch.

Ellmers won reelec­tion in 2012 after beat­ing three Repub­li­cans in the pri­mary. This year she faces another pri­mary chal­lenge from Frank Roche. Depend­ing on who­ever wins the pri­mary between Ellmers and Roche, they will go on to meet either for­mer state Com­merce Sec­re­tary Keith Crisco — who arguably just wants to run for some­thing, or Clay Aiken. Yes, that Clay Aiken. Aiken’s cam­paign has had prob­lems lately. The Democ­rats are really strug­gling to put up good can­di­dates lately.

Ellmers has her hands full with Frank Roche, how­ever. Roche has four out of the last five straw polls held and seems to be gain­ing momentum.

About Frank Roche

Roche is the 6th of seven kids and was born in Mass­a­chu­setts. Read­ing his bio, one sees the obsta­cles he had to over­come as a child after being diag­nosed with Legg-​Calvé-​Perthes Dis­ease when he was young and not being able to walk for sev­eral years. Roche attended the Uni­ver­sity of Rhode Island where he earned a degree in Eco­nom­ics. Roche would return to Uni­ver­sity of Rhode Island to obtain a Mas­ters of Arts in Eco­nom­ics. He worked in New York City for a time and was present in the city dur­ing both WTC ter­ror­ist attacks. In 2007, he headed South to NC and worked with Fox News Busi­ness chan­nel talk­ing about pol­i­tics and economics.

In 2009, he ran for Con­gress in Dis­trict 4. The bid was unsuc­cess­ful but opened doors at Elon Uni­ver­sity to teach Eco­nom­ics. It was there that RUSH Radio (WRDU FM) recruited Roche for a radio show. That show kicked off in July of 2011 and ran on Sun­days from noon to three pm. The show was sus­pended last Fall when Roche decided to run.

The full bio is worth a read and is inter­est­ing and detailed. His cam­paign web­site has a lot of con­tent, includ­ing a handy guide to see how Renee Ellmers voted on key issues and where he dif­fers from her on them.

Five with Frank Roche

Here are the five ques­tions I posed to Mr. Roche.

1. Com­mon Core.

APD: We’ve spo­ken on this issue and you know I stand firmly opposed to Com­mon Core. With regards to the Core and gov­ern­ment inter­ven­tion, you’ve stated on your web­site, “It is time to real­ize that the fed­eral government’s cur­rent pol­icy of reg­u­lat­ing and micro­manag­ing the pub­lic school sys­tem has failed.” What is your reac­tion to the pro­posed draft bill from the NC Gen­eral Assembly’s Com­mon Core committee?

FR: I believe pub­lic edu­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum, stan­dards, con­tent should be left to the states, coun­ties, and par­ents. I sup­port the bill to replace Com­mon Core with state standards.

2. Ille­gal Immigration.

APD: The gen­eral con­sen­sus is that your oppo­nent is weak on ille­gal immi­gra­tion and gen­er­ally sup­ports Amnesty. What is your vision of how the U.S. should tackle the ille­gal immi­gra­tion problem?

FR: My plan is simple:

Ille­gal immi­gra­tion: enforce our cur­rent immi­gra­tion laws, fully fund bor­der secu­rity mea­sures already passed into law since 2001, prop­erly man­age our short-​term visa pro­gram to end over­stay­ing, deport those who come into con­tact with legal author­i­ties, use attri­tion to cause ille­gal immi­grants to self-​deport.
Legal immi­gra­tion; end fam­ily reuni­fi­ca­tion as the basis for our pol­icy. Move to an eco­nomic needs based model. Cap yearly legal immi­gra­tion to 375k per year.
Social coun­ter­parts: end offi­cial gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tion of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, iden­tity pol­i­tics, and polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and bring back assim­i­la­tion pro­grams to help immi­grants become Americans.

3. Fed­eral Reserve.

APD: Your site’s issues page also cov­ers the topic of the Fed­eral Reserve. In that sum­mary state­ment, you pro­pose the following:

“As your Con­gress­man, Frank will work to remove the dual man­date imposed on the Fed­eral Reserve and replace it with a sin­gle man­date to main­tain low and sta­ble prices. Frank will also join the effort to exer­cise con­gres­sional over­sight author­ity to ensure the actions taken by the Fed since 2008 do not pose an unusual degree of sys­temic risk to the U.S. econ­omy and America’s future strength and prosperity.”

Please expand on your def­i­n­i­tion of “sin­gle man­date” in as much detail as pos­si­ble. Also, do you believe the Fed should be dismantled?

FR: End Fed’s dual man­date of sta­ble prices (infla­tion rates below 1.5%) and full employ­ment (unem­ploy­ment at or near 5%). Fed should not be respon­si­ble for the labor mar­ket. It was imposed on them by Con­gress in the late 70’s. With the end of the dual man­date the Fed could end the mas­sive print­ing oper­a­tion called Quan­ti­ta­tive Eas­ing. A focus on only sta­ble prices will bring about low and sta­ble rates of infla­tion. I do not think Fed should be dismantled.

4. Spy­ing and the NSA.

APD: In the last year, we’ve heard from whistle­blow­ers like Edward Snow­den detail­ing the degree and detail to which the NSA has been spy­ing on cit­i­zens and mem­bers of Con­gress. This admin­is­tra­tion has arguably led the charge in try­ing to silence whistle­blow­ers of this nature and in other areas, such as the DOJ’s AP phone tap­ping and the spy­ing on reporter James Rosen. In what way and to what degree would you pro­mote trans­parency in this area? Do you believe agen­cies like the NSA, DOJ, CIA, DHS, etc have enough oversight?

FR: Bring back pro­fil­ing, remove polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, and repeal the Patriot Act. We pro­mote trans­parency through com­mon sense national secu­rity poli­cies. Yes, Con­gress has suf­fi­cient over­sight author­i­ties, they refuse to exer­cises them in a com­pe­tent way. Over­sight is crit­i­cal to con­trol­ling the exec branch, and here Con­gress has failed as it is more focused on re-​election and fundrais­ing.
5. Term Limits.

APD: I noted at the bot­tom of your issues page, that you believe in vol­un­tary term lim­its and have pledged not to serve more than 12 years. Why 12 years? Are there cir­cum­stances where you would break that pledge and if so, what are they? Would you ever sup­port a bill that requires manda­tory term lim­its? If so, what would they be for the House and Senate?

FR: 2 years because that should be enough for an effec­tive leader to make a dif­fer­ence, or have been proven inef­fec­tive. If over 50% of my con­stituents wanted to me to remain I would break my pledge or if their was a sig­nif­i­cant national secu­rity threat in the period around the pri­mary period. No, I would not sup­port legal manda­tory term lim­its; empow­ers the bureaucracy.

I’d like to thank Frank Roche for his time. You can fol­low him on Twit­ter and Face­book. Those wish­ing to know more about him or donate to his cam­paign only have to visit his web­site, FrankRocheFor​Congress​.com

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AP DillonA.P. Dil­lon (Lady Lib­erty 1885), is a Con­ser­v­a­tive minded wife and mother liv­ing in the Tri­an­gle area of North Car­olina. A.P. Dil­lon founded the blog LadyLib​er​ty1885​.com in 2009. After the 2012 elec­tion, she added an Instapun­dit style blog called The Con­Mom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writ­ing, in addi­tion to Da Tech Guy’s Mag­nif­i­cent 7, can also be found at Stop​Com​mon​CoreNC​.org, Watch­dog­WireNC and Wiz­Bang. Non-​political writ­ing projects include sci­ence fic­tion novel­las that are, as of yet, unpub­lished. Her cur­rent writ­ing project is a children’s book series.

By A.P. Dillon

It is primary time in NC and  early voting is currently going on in North Carolina. Over the past few months, I have had a chance to meet Frank Roche at multiple events in the Raleigh area. Roche is a candidate for North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional district and  primary challenger to incumbent Renee Ellmers. I pitched five questions to Roche, which we’ll get to after a little but of background on the 2nd Congressional race and a quick look at Roche himself.

The 2nd Congressional District

The 2nd District has a bit of an interesting history. The state legislature created the 2nd district just after the Civil war. The population was majority Black and you might find older references to “The Black Second“.  All four of NC’s Black Congressman  in the post-civil war era came from that district. By the way, they were all Republican and the district itself was heavily Republican. The Democrats attempted to break that up and gerrymandered the district to include ten counties.

Gerrymandering was just one of the tactics the Democrats used to push Blacks out of the district. When Democrats took control of the legislature, they sought to keep Blacks from holding office at any level in North Carolina and passed a disfranchisement Constitutional amendment that severely restricted Black voting rights.  Democrats and Liberals have a foul history in NC that they have done a good job revising and hoping people forget.

Today, the 2nd district is made up of  nine counties that include: Alamance, ChathamCumberlandHarnettHokeLeeMoore, Randolph and Wake counties.

In 2010, Tea Party favorite Renee Ellmers pushed out Democrat Bob Etheridge in 2nd Congressional district. Etheridge had been in there for seven terms, so this was no easy feat. Ellmers won the backing of Sarah Palin for her stance on Obamacare. Ellmers had a bit of help from Etheridge himself though,  in the form of being caught on video assaulting a student journalist. The video went viral and “Who Are You?” became synonymous with the name Etheridge.

It would seem that caught on camera type history is repeating itself a little bit.  Ellmers went on the Laura Ingraham show and basically got into a fight with the host over illegal immigration. Things got heated when Ingraham pointed out Ellmers was using Liberal Democrat talking points on the issue. Breitbart has the audio and chronicle of the incident. Unsurprisingly, Ingraham has thrown her support behind Roche, as has Ann Coulter.

Things went from bad to worse after the Ingraham show.  Not long after that incident, PJ Media published an article that included audio from a meeting between Ellmers and North Carolina citizens on illegal immigration. In it, members of the Randolph Tea party can be heard pressing Ellmers on illegal immigration. The conversation was combative and full of interruptions with a reply to one of them being,  “You don’t have any damn facts.”   Ouch.

Ellmers won reelection in 2012 after beating three Republicans in the primary. This year she faces another primary challenge from Frank Roche. Depending on whoever wins the primary between Ellmers and Roche, they will go on to meet either former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco – who arguably just wants to run for something, or Clay Aiken. Yes, that Clay Aiken. Aiken’s campaign has had problems lately. The Democrats are really struggling to put up good candidates lately.

Ellmers has her hands full with Frank Roche, however. Roche has four out of the last five straw polls held and seems to be gaining momentum.

About Frank Roche

Roche is the 6th of seven kids and was born in Massachusetts. Reading his bio, one sees the obstacles he had to overcome as a child after being diagnosed with Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease when he was young and not being able to walk for several years. Roche attended the University of Rhode Island where he earned a degree in Economics. Roche would return to University of Rhode Island to obtain a Masters of Arts in Economics. He worked in New York City for a time and was present in the city during both WTC terrorist attacks.  In 2007, he headed South to NC and worked with Fox News Business channel talking about politics and economics.

In 2009, he ran for Congress in District 4. The bid was unsuccessful but opened doors at Elon University to teach Economics. It was there that RUSH Radio (WRDU FM) recruited Roche for a radio show.  That show kicked off in July of 2011 and ran on Sundays from noon to three pm. The show was suspended last Fall when Roche decided to run.

The full bio is worth a read and is interesting and detailed. His campaign website has a lot of content, including a handy guide to see how Renee Ellmers voted on key issues and where he differs from her on them.

Five with Frank Roche

Here are the five questions I posed to Mr. Roche.

1. Common Core. 

APD: We’ve spoken on this issue and you know I stand firmly opposed to Common Core. With regards to the Core and government intervention, you’ve stated on your website, “It is time to realize that the federal government’s current policy of regulating and micromanaging the public school system has failed.”  What is your reaction to the proposed draft bill from the NC General Assembly’s Common Core committee?

FR: I believe public education curriculum, standards, content should be left to the states, counties, and parents.  I support the bill to replace Common Core with state standards.

2. Illegal Immigration.

APD: The general consensus is that your opponent is weak on illegal immigration and generally supports Amnesty. What is your vision of how the U.S. should tackle the illegal immigration problem?

FR:  My plan is simple:

Illegal immigration: enforce our current immigration laws, fully fund border security measures already passed into law since 2001, properly manage our short-term visa program to end overstaying, deport those who come into contact with legal authorities, use attrition to cause illegal immigrants to self-deport.
Legal immigration; end family reunification as the basis for our policy.  Move to an economic needs based model. Cap yearly legal immigration to 375k per year.
Social counterparts: end official government regulation of multiculturalism, identity politics, and political correctness and bring back assimilation programs to help immigrants become Americans.

3. Federal Reserve.

APD: Your site’s issues page also covers the topic of the Federal Reserve. In that summary statement, you propose the following:

“As your Congressman, Frank will work to remove the dual mandate imposed on the Federal Reserve and replace it with a single mandate to maintain low and stable prices.  Frank will also join the effort to exercise congressional oversight authority to ensure the actions taken by the Fed since 2008 do not pose an unusual degree of systemic risk to the U.S. economy and America’s future strength and prosperity.”

Please expand on your definition of “single mandate” in as much detail as possible. Also, do you believe the Fed should be dismantled?

FR: End Fed’s dual mandate of stable prices (inflation rates below 1.5%) and full employment (unemployment at or near 5%).  Fed should not be responsible for the labor market.  It was imposed on them by Congress in the late 70’s.  With the end of the dual mandate the Fed could end the massive printing operation called Quantitative Easing.  A focus on only stable prices will bring about low and stable rates of inflation.  I do not think Fed should be dismantled.

4. Spying and the NSA.

APD: In the last year, we’ve heard from whistleblowers like Edward Snowden detailing the degree and detail to which the NSA has been spying on citizens and members of Congress. This administration has arguably led the charge in trying to silence whistleblowers of this nature and in other areas, such as the DOJ’s AP phone tapping and the spying on reporter James Rosen. In what way and to what degree would you promote transparency in this area? Do you believe agencies like the NSA, DOJ, CIA, DHS, etc have enough oversight?

FR: Bring back profiling, remove political correctness, and repeal the Patriot Act. We promote transparency through common sense national security policies.  Yes, Congress has sufficient oversight authorities, they refuse to exercises them in a competent way.  Oversight is critical to controlling the exec branch, and here Congress has failed as it is more focused on re-election and fundraising.
5. Term Limits. 

APD: I noted at the bottom of your issues page, that you believe in voluntary term limits and have pledged not to serve more than 12 years. Why 12 years? Are there circumstances where you would break that pledge and if so, what are they? Would you ever support a bill that requires mandatory term limits? If so, what would they be for the House and Senate?

FR: 2 years because that should be enough for an effective leader to make a difference, or have been proven ineffective.  If over 50% of my constituents wanted to me to remain I would break my pledge or if their was a significant national security threat in the period around the primary period.  No, I would not support legal mandatory term limits; empowers the bureaucracy.

I’d like to thank Frank Roche for his time. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Those wishing to know more about him or donate to his campaign only have to visit his website, FrankRocheForCongress.com

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AP DillonA.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.