(Above: Greg Brannon)
In a press release Saturday, Dr. Greg Brannon, the first person to announce his candidacy for Senate in North Carolina, responded to the entrance of NC State House Speaker Thom Tillis into the fold:
Greg Brannon Welcomes Thom Tillis To The Race
Says The Race Will Offer a Clear Choice Between
Establishment Insider and Anti-Establishment Change Agent
Raleigh, NC - Today, Dr. Greg Brannon, North Carolina's anti-establishment Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, who is running to oppose the Big Government, big spending status quo in both political parties, welcomed Thom Tillis to the race to challenge Senator Kay Hagan next year.
"If Republicans in this state would rather be represented by a political insider, heavily influenced by special interests, who has taken liberal positions on legislation in the North Carolina State House, including Ferry Tolls, Interstate Toll HOT Lanes and the protection of telecommunication monopolies at the expense of smaller free market competitors, then Mr. Tillis has certainly proven he is willing to compromise on our core conservative principles to benefit his friends," said Brannon.
Brannon added, "Mr. Tillis is the poster child for why I'm in this race. I represent conservatives that are fed up with crony capitalism, special interests, political compromise and excuses. Mr. Tillis is yet another in a long line of career politicians eager to take the next step on the ladder of political power."
Mr. Tillis has recently been under fire from conservative activists across the state. Many believe he has used his leadership position in the State House to defeat Republican candidates in party primaries in favor of Democrats who switched parties or were part of his personal circle of political allies.
As recently as this week, the Craven County GOP Executive Committee voted to censure the Speaker, listing numerous grievances against him and his leadership. Other counties have expressed their interest in doing the same.
The Republican primary between Dr. Brannon and Mr. Tillis reflects the larger debate going on in the Republican Party nationwide. North Carolinians will have to decide if they want to bring change to Washington or if they are satisfied with more of the same.
"Those who know me know I'm a straight forward guy. Are they looking for an uncompromisable ambassador from the sovereign State of North Carolina, who will immediately join Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Lee by standing firm against all infringements by the federal government into the lives of North Carolinians?
If they're looking for that kind of Senator, then I'm their candidate. This primary will give Republicans the opportunity to choose the candidate who best represents the conservative values we say our party stands for. I intend to be just as steadfast in challenging my opponent in this primary to walk the walk as I will my colleagues in the U.S. Senate. Mr. Tillis, welcome to the race," finished Brannon.
Dr. Greg Brannon is a hard-working, dedicated physician, not a career politician. His entrance into politics is indicative of his life’s work: a desire to diagnose problems and provide practical solutions. He encourages conservatives who believe that our problem is a lack leadership and not a lack of compromise, to visit www.GregBrannon.com to learn more about his campaign and sign up to get involved.
Tillis is starting his campaign on a sour note, as he is currently being censured by the Craven County GOP.
Greg Brannon's profile is rising throughout the state, despite never holding public office. The February PPP poll pegged him at 5%, and the May PPP poll has placed him at 7%. Incidentally, Tillis earned 3% and 6% in those polls respectively.
Brannon recently announced his state House Party Tour, as well as his statewide Constitutional Government Coalition made up of many prominent Tea Party leaders.