Coble endorses Berger Jr. in Sixth District

In what is sure to be a major step in his quest to secure the GOP nomination in the Sixth Congressional district, Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr. today received the endorsement of incumbent Rep. Howard Coble.

Coble kept his preferences under wraps prior to the May 6 primary, opting instead to appear with several candidates to promote general voter turnout. Berger Jr. took the top spot on election day, but failed to clear the 40 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff with second place finisher, Mark Walker.

Coble made his endorsement known this morning at Berger Jr.’s campaign headquarters on Battleground Avenue in Greensboro.

“It’s clear to me that Phil Berger is the right conservative for the job. He has the experience, knowledge and determination to hit the ground running in Washington,” said Coble, in a release prior to the public endorsement. “He’s a solid, proven conservative with the kind of values and energy we need to keep North Carolina on the right track. I’m pleased and proud to offer my endorsement to Phil Berger.”

Coble’s endorsement should provide solid momentum to the well organized and monied Berger Jr. campaign. Coble’s brother and other family members have endorsed Walker, causing confusion among some and pushback from long-time observers who felt Walker was attempting to associate himself with the congressman.

Several of Berger Jr.’s vanquished primary opponents are considering a Walker endorsement, but Coble’s stamp of approval likely carries more weight.

“It’s an enormous honor to receive the endorsement of Congressman Coble,” said Berger. “His legacy of service to this district is outstanding. The state of North Carolina and the Republican party have benefitted greatly from his leadership, honor and integrity. Howard Coble is a true public servant who has dedicated his life to this state and his constituents. I will strive to continue Howard’s legacy of service as we work for a prosperous North Carolina.”

The runoff is set for July 15.

Walker released a statement via social media that addressed the Coble endorsement. He said the campaign was made aware of Coble’s preference two weeks ago but felt he “might refrain from being a factor in the race.”

Beyond that, Walker alluded to some opposition research Berger Jr.’s campaign is conducting.

“There is no doubt that we are in the crosshairs of a very powerful, well-funded and influential political machine,” Walker said. “Over the last few weeks, the opposition has been pressuring many elected officials and other Washington representatives for endorsements. Private investigators continue to call people and places we’ve served in looking through every aspect of our lives.”

Walker said that he remains committed to a different style of politics, one beyond the traditional Republican method of shredding your opponent with smear tactics.

“Though it has been tempting at times, we have maintained our goal of running a clean campaign that would make North Carolinians proud.”

 

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Race for the Sixth

Moving deeper into primary season we will begin to increase the attention we give the Republican primary race to replace Rep. Howard Coble, who has represented the Sixth District as long as anyone can remember.

Democrats believe the district is competitive, but that remains to be seen. What is most likely is that the winner of the Republican primary in May will have a solid chance of becoming the next congressman from the central Piedmont region.

Zack Matheny launches jobs-oriented campaign website.

Zack Matheny launches jobs-oriented campaign website.

Greensboro Councilman Zack Matheny announced his jobs plan this week with a website devoted specifically to the issue. The plan is standard Republican fare, with calls for lower taxes and less regulation. Matheny touts his experience as a business owner and growth-oriented member of the city council.

“After speaking with Howard Coble, I realized that I could be more effective as a member of Congress and that was a large factor in my decision to run for his seat,” Matheny stated. “When elected, I will bring my regional approach to job creation to life for everyone in North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District. I will not rest until everyone who wants a job can find one — so that everyone who still believes in the American Dream can have the opportunity to see that dream fulfilled.”

That seems like a tall order given the region’s struggling labor market and the constant threat that big companies in the area could be bought and moved or otherwise lured away.

Phil Berger Jr. continues to form his campaign team. The Rockingham County District Attorney announced this week that Paul J. Norcross will serve as Chief Political Advisor for the campaign.

Norcross founded Global Supply Solutions Group and co-founded Phoenix Academy, a charter school in High Point. Berger said that Norcross has resigned posts as the Chairman of the High Point Republican Party, the Executive Director of the Guilford County GOP, and the Regional Chairman of the North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools to join the campaign.

“There are serious challenges facing our world, our country, and our state,” Norcross said. “We desperately need a serious person in Washington that we can trust. Phil Berger will keep his promises and protect our interests. He is the only candidate in this race with the qualifications, resources, and background necessary to win in November.”

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Berger announces campaign staff

GOP candidate for the Sixth Congressional district Phil Berger Jr. today announced his campaign staff. Veteran political operative Matt Mercer was named political director. A Madison native, Mercer has worked on campaigns across the state since graduating from UNCC. Scott Miller, a recent graduate of High Point University, and Julie Tesh, a graduate of UNC Greensboro in Political Science and Communication, were named field directors.

Berger, the Rockingham County District Attorney, faces a slew of opponents in the race to replace retiring Congressional icon Howard Coble.