'Women for Trump' endorse Murphy
The Daily Reflector
Thursday, May 9, 2019
A national women’s organization that supports President Donald Trump has endorsed state Rep. Greg Murphy in North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District race.
Amy Kremer, co-founder and co-chairwoman of “Women for Trump” announced the endorsement and campaigned for Murphy at three separate stops in Greenville, Washington, N.C., and Morehead City on Wednesday.
“We must make sure the next congressman from North Carolina is a strong supporter of President Trump and his agenda,” Kremer said. “Greg Murphy will be a staunch ally for the president and ‘Women for Trump’ give him our full support.”
Murphy, a Greenville urologist and surgeon, was the top vote-getter in the April 30 Republican primary. Because he got less than 30 percent of the vote he must face Kinston pediatrician Joan Perry in a second primary election being held July 9.
“We were watching the race. This is a Republican district,” Kremer said. “It’s Trump country and we were watching the race and with 17 candidates we thought we’d let it play out.”
The organization originally planned to hold a candidate forum before the second primary but Kremer said there was no reason.
“When it came down to Dr. Greg Murphy and Dr. Perry, there was no question in our mind who was the the best person,” she said. “The best person to represent North Carolina Three was Dr. Greg Murphy.”
When Murphy announced his candidacy in late February he described himself as a “Ronald Reagan Republican” who would be an independent thinker. He said he agreed with President Trump that immigration was the nation’s greatest issue and he supported the president’s policies.
Kremer is one of the original founders of the Tea Party movement and has a long political history of grassroots activism.
“I’m humbled by the support of ‘Women for Trump’ and for Amy’s commitment to travel with us through eastern North Carolina spreading the message that President Trump needs help in Congress in order to ‘Make America Great Again’,” Murphy said.
Last week Murphy was endorsed by U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District and chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.
The Associated Press reported that the conservative group FreedomWorks for America endorsed Perry on Tuesday.
“Joan Perry is a principled constitutional conservative, making her an excellent choice for North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District,” said Noah Wall, the organization’s executive director.
The July 9 runoff winner takes on Democrat Allen Thomas and Libertarian and Constitution party candidates in the Sept. 10 special election.