In fighting over who should represent the 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives, two incumbents are making their pitch along with a third outsider challenger.
Rep. George Holding and Rep. Renee Ellmers are both in Congress now, but that won’t be the case after this November. In the meantime, debates are centered around who’s the better fit for the district.
Holding has portrayed himself as a staunch conservative who won’t budge on ideological issues. Ellmers has portrayed herself as a more pragmatic conservative who is open to working with Democrats to get things done.
They made their differences clear in a recent debate, in which Holding said Ellmers was the only Republican to vote no on an amendment to prioritize the deportation of undocumented immigrants who commit sex crimes.
Read on to see why that’s not entirely accurate.
Speaker: Rep. George Holding
Claim: Rep. Renee Ellmers was the only Republican to vote against “an amendment to prioritize the deportation of sexual criminals who are illegal immigrants.”
Ruling: While Ellmers was the only Republican to vote no on the amendment in question, Holding distorts what it actually did, and leaves out the actual reason why Ellmers voted no on the amendment — which ultimately failed due to concerns about its unintended consequences for victims of violence and abuse. Holding’s claim is Half True.