Woolard sure about victory
Published 1:49 am Saturday, October 30, 2010
By By MIKE VOSS
Republican Ashley Woolard of Washington isnt optimistic about his chances to defeat incumbent U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a Democrat, and represent the states 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives hes sure.
Woolard, speaking to about 35 Down East Republicans and their guests Thursday night, challenged his supporters to carry his message to voters at the polls and elsewhere. The Down East Republicans met at a Chocowinity restaurant.
Weve got an opportunity to win this race, but weve got to have your help, Woolard said. It is time for us as Republicans to no longer sit back. … We do not need to hear excuses why we cannot go out and work the polls. We dont want to hear it. Im not here tonight to give you my rah-rah speech or talk about my policies and where I stand. If you dont know where I stand, I dont need to be here tonight. … Im telling you, as Republicans, weve got to get out and drive our vote.
Tuesday is Election Day. Beaufort County voters have until 1 p.m. today to take advantage of the one-stop, early voting process at the Board of Elections, 1308 Highland Drive, Washington.
Woolard said it is up to voters to determine what the headlines in the Washington Daily News will say the day after Election Day. He asked the audience members to go home and write down what they want those headlines to say.
Each night between now and Tuesday, each day, look at that and say, What have I done today to make that headline a reality, Woolard said.
Its huge, Woolard said when asked after the meeting how much influence unaffiliated voters will have on Election Day. Listen, theres enough conservative Democrats, unaffiliateds and Republicans to win this seat. And do you think Butterfield would have been in Washington, N.C., yesterday (Wednesday) if he didnt know that to be a fact?
Woolard said his campaign has raised more than $150,000 during this political race, something Republicans have never done before in the 1st Congressional District. Woolard said hes taken no money from political-action committees or special-interest groups.
Id rather take $10 from a voter than take $1,000 from Washington, D.C., Woolard said.
Woolard said hes finding support and enthusiasm for his campaign throughout the district in places like Goldsboro, Elizabeth City and Roanoke Rapids.
I cant tell you the enthusiasm weve got. Weve got to maintain that enthusiasm for the next five days. What were going to do after we take this election were going to take back the U.S. Congress, ladies and gentleman. Were going to take it back, Woolard said, drawing applause from the audience. Were going to take back the state House. Were going to take back the state Senate for the first time in over 150 years.
As Greg mentioned, were looking at numbers. We think were ahead right now, Woolard said, referring to Greg Dority, another Washington Republican seeking a seat in Congress. Dority, who attended the meeting, is seeking to unseat Democratic incumbent Mel Watt in the states 12th Congressional District.
Im going to Washington as a citizen-legislator. That means, go to Washington, do your job and come home, Woolard said, adding that his wife and children will not be moving to the nations capital if hes elected to Congress, which means when Im not needed in corrupt Washington, then Ill be in the original Washington.
Woolard said he wants to bring fiscal sanity back to the U.S. Its time to end the socialistic agenda of the White House and Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Butterfield.
Woolard repeated his charge that Butterfield kept per-diem money given to him to use while on an overseas trip. Woolard contends that any leftover money should be returned to the federal government.
We know hes a thief, said Woolard, adding that Butterfield took taxpayers money and put it in his pocket.
In an interview in September, Butterfield said he was not sure how much surplus per-diem travel money he had spent while on foreign trips, but asserted that every dollar was used to cover legitimate travel expenses.
Woolard renewed his charge that Butterfield accepted bribe money when he took $4,000 from the National Leadership Political Action Committee, which has been affiliated with embattled U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., whom Butterfield had to judge as part of a House ethics investigation into Rangels travel and assets. Butterfield serves on the House ethics panel.
Earlier this year, Butterfield explained that the PACs $4,000 was accepted by his campaign before his appointment to the ethics committee and that, The bulk of the donations $3,000 came nearly five years ago during the 2004 election cycle.
Other Republican candidates at the meeting asked for support from audience members. They included state House candidate Bill Cook, seeking to unseat Democratic incumbent Arthur Williams in the 6th House District; Al Klemm, an incumbent Beaufort County commissioner seeking re-election; and Beaufort County Board of Education candidates Teressa Banks, Cindy Winstead (both incumbents) and Terry Williams.
Staff Writer Jonathan Clayborne contributed to this article.