By A.P. Dillon
Tragic news comes out of North Carolina that has ramifications for the Congressional Race in district 2. Keith Crisco, the candidate trailing Clay Aiken in the recent primary by 300 some odd votes, has passed away. Crisco was a former Secretary of the N.C. Department of Commerce under Former Governor Bev Perdue.
ASHEBORO — Asheboro businessman and congressional candidate, Keith Crisco, 71, died suddenly at his home today.
Information is incomplete; however, early information indicates he suffered injuries from a fall around 1 p.m. at his home on 1263 Thayer Drive in Asheboro. He was reported dead at the scene when emergency workers arrived there.
John Ogburn, Asheboro city manager, confirmed that the Asheboro Police Department and Asheboro Fire Department responded to the scene. He said the case will go to the state medical examiner to determine an exact cause of death. – Courier Tribune
Crisco, 71 years old, apparently tripped on a rug and fell. So, it would appear the Aiken wins by tragic default. Crisco was likely within the margin for asking for a recall, however, from reports it doesn’t appear he was intending to do so. If the final count puts Crisco ahead, the district’s executive committee of the Democratic Party in North Carolina would then choose the nominee.
Reactions were a mixed bag on Twitter, from Aiken suspending his campaign activities to a bit of off-color humor.
I am suspending all campaign activities as we pray for his family and friends.
— Clay Aiken (@ClayForNC) May 12, 2014
Jokes about Crisco’s death almost as big a sign of cultural apocalypse as the fact that he lost to the crooning anti-gravitas ginger Aiken. — Film Ladd (@FilmLadd) May 12, 2014
Gay mafia eh? Perhaps these gentlemen were involved? All jokes, aside, prayers should go out to the Crisco family. End result: It now seems Aiken will face off against Rep. Renee Ellmers. Rep. Ellmers secured her position by winning the primary versus Frank Roche. Roche did not go quietly and called out the GOP establishment and the lack of voter turn out. Excerpt from his parting remarks is below via Daily Haymaker, but hit the link and read the full statement.
Only 15.6% of us who live in North Carolina’s 2nd District bothered to vote on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Republican and Independents, 21,358 of them, voted to give Rep. Renee Ellmers another two years in office. We missed sending a true conservative leader to the U.S. House by 6,370 votes.
In the 36 hours after not winning a hard run election there are many emotions that come and go: disappointment, sadness, guilt, bewilderment, frustration, and anger. I’m in the frustration and anger stage. Remember SNL from 1988, “How am I losing to this guy?” Note to self: U.S. Congress, proper qualifications not required.
What is the GOP establishment thinking?
The establishment, with some help from one of our newest lefty billionaires and the left leaning media, helped reelect the least qualified candidate in the 2nd District Republican primary. They failed the 2nd District and America.They overstepped their pledged boundaries of neutrality during the primary and again demonstrated themselves to be part of the problem. Local petty political gate-keepers assisted their poorly qualified incumbent in ways that require they be removed from their volunteer Chairmanship positions.
Ouch. In the meantime, NC Democrats are putting their stock in reality TV star who managed to be fired from Celebrity Apprentice, came in second place on American Idol, takes questionable selfies and couldn’t be bothered to show up to the education committee he was appointed to by the President. Oh, and just a reminder on what Aiken thinks of the GOP, Mormons and Black conservatives:
H/T to Gay Patriot for that lovely and tolerant deleted tweet.
Who knows what will happen next in NC-02. Whatever does, I’ll be sure to report back on. Stay tuned.
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A.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.