Marshall Adame over the weekend welcomed Jason Thigpen to the 3rd district Democratic primary, but expressed surprise at the move.
“He jumps from the tea party one day and wants to lead Democrats the next? Really?” Adame said in a statement.
Thigpen last week switched from being a Republican candidate for the 3rd district seat held by GOP Rep. Walter Jones to being a Democrat.
Already in the race, was Adame, who also ran for the seat in 2008.
Adame is currently in Saudi Arabia on government business. He is a retired U.S. Marine. Contracting in Iraq, he was a U.S. advisor to the Iraqi Minister of Interior, airport director in Basra, Iraq. He is also the father of two Iraq/Afghanistan combat veterans.