OBX – With Republican Phil Law breaking the seal earlier this week, the gates are now open for Republicans with 3rd Congressional District ambitions to announce their intentions. Kitty Hawk Republican Paul Wright, though, may have actually beat Law off the line, reportedly announcing his 2020 run for NC-03 on January 10.
From Outer Banks Sentinel:
“Kitty hawk resident Paul Wright announced at the Jan. 10 meeting of the Dare County Republican Party at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall that he is a candidate for North Carolina’s 3rd district of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2020 election. Wright, who is an executive sous-chef at the Nags Head Village Beach Club and was recently elected Dare County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, is running on a platform calling for prison, judicial and substance abuse reform and a return to personal accountability and responsibility. For more information on the candidate, go to Paulwright4congress.com.
To say Wright is a long shot would be an understatement. That being said, the issues he wants to build his campaign around are noble, and serving as a candidate, however unlikely the victory, may be his way of simply drawing more attention to them. We could all use more focus on personal accountability and responsibility, after all.
The NC-03 incumbent, Rep. Walter Jones (R), has previously announced that he would not run for reelection in 2020, laying the groundwork for a highly sought after open seat on Capitol Hill. Jones has missed several weeks of legislative action (or inaction) due to an undisclosed illness. Additionally, just this week, Jones reportedly fell and broke his hip, requiring hip-replacement surgery.
His office has not revealed what illness Jones is battling, except to say that it is ‘definitely not cancer,’ for what it’s worth. Whatever it is, we wish Congressman Jones a speedy recovery, and look forward to the crowded 2020 campaign shootout that his retirement is sure to enable.
Being that this author is a native of the 3rd District, and Jones’ long tenure as the exceedingly rare principled politician, it will be interesting to see if a candidate emerges that can fill Jones shoes and avoid selling out to the Swamp. On that thought, does the First in Freedom Daily audience have any dark horse conservatives they wish would run for the open seat?