Republicans gather in Havelock for convention

Published: Monday, April 14, 2014 at 12:37 PM.

“In 2010, he engineered the election of a majority of Republicans to serve in the House of Representatives, electing Thom as speaker in 2011, the second GOP speaker in the history of North Carolina. In 2013, he unanimously re-elected to serve his second term as speaker.”

Karen Kozel, the director of the Eastern N.C. Tea Party, spoke for candidate Greg Brannon.

“Greg is probably the most constitutionally sound candidate I have ever met, and I have been involved in politics my entire life,” she said. “He knows the Constitution; he knows how it applies to our law. It means that there is a rulebook for our country. We need to follow that rulebook, and he wants to bring that back… He understands the parameters of the federal government, what are they allowed to do, what is constitutionally sound. It’s not unlimited.”

Following the Senate hopefuls, candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives were given a few minutes to speak.

Taylor Griffin, who worked under former President George W. Bush and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, was next to address the local Republicans.

“As your congressman, I would fight for our commercial fisherman and their way of life. I would fight to prevent Hatteras Island from falling into the sea,” he said. “I will fight to make sure our harbors are dredged and I will fight for our veterans and active duty military.

“So ladies and gentleman, if the most important thing is to elect a good man, Walter Jones is a good man, but you can be a good man and vote more with Barack Obama than any other Republican and you can be a good man and not show up. If you want a good man as your representative, you have three choices in this race, but if you want someone who will represent your values, I ask you for your support, your vote and your prayers.”

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