The Wake County Republican Party won’t be backing one GOP N.C. House hopeful.
The party organization has released a list of 37 endorsed Republican candidates on ballots in Wake County. Volunteers will be handing out the voter guides at the polls.
But there’s no endorsement for House District 33, where incumbent Democrat Rosa Gill faces a challenge from Republican Perry Whitlock of Garner.
“He did not meet the criteria” for an endorsement, Wake GOP chairwoman Donna Williams said Thursday. “I’d rather just leave it at that.”
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Whitlock has run a low-profile campaign for the district that includes parts of Southeast Raleigh and northern Garner. A Google search for the candidate turns up no website or social media presence – just a 2013 Midtown Raleigh News article detailing Whitlock’s request to the Raleigh City Council to allow tgreenway users to openly carry guns (he cited fatal beaver attacks in Belarus as a safety concern).
Whitlock said the local Republican leadership was “quite belligerent” in their meeting. Dome suspects the disagreement may stem from Whitlock’s contention that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were a government conspiracy. “I’m tired of this carpetbaggers’ hoax that commercial airliners hit the World Trade Center,” he said Thursday.
Williams says Whitlock was one of two registered Republicans in Wake that the party didn’t endorse. The other was Jose Fraser, a candidate for Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor.