Under the Dome

Republican challenger to GOP Rep. Pittman

First-time candidate Michael Fischer, a lawyer from Concord, announced Monday he will challenge state Rep. Larry Pittman in the House district 82 Republican primary.

Fischer, 32, stressed his conservative credentials in his news release.

“I’m pro-life, pro-Second Amendment Rights and I want to protect religious liberties for every American,” Fischer said in his statement. “For Cabarrus County to attract more good jobs and foster the best education for our children, we must go in a new effective, conservative direction.”

In an interview, Fischer said his wife, Ashley, encouraged him to run.

Pittman was appointed to the seat in late 2011. He quickly emerged as one of the most conservative members of the House. In the long session that ended last month, he was one of the Republicans most likely to vote against the GOP majority.

In the 2014 rankings of legislative effectiveness, Pittman was the lowest ranking Republican in the House at 118 out of 120 members. The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research compiles the rankings from surveys of legislators, lobbyists, and reporters.

In early 2012, Pittman sent an email to House members calling for public hangings, and said doctors who perform abortions, rapists and kidnappers should be executed.