Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Ballenger Endorses Lyons

Retiring Congressman Cass Ballenger has endorsed former cable executive Sandy Lyons to replace him in the 10th Congressional District.

That primary is getting crowded. The field includes textile executive George Moretz (written about previously in this space), whose TV commercials have been up for weeks; Catawba County Sheriff David Huffman; and State Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-Gaston, a Cherryville businessman.

There was some expectation that Ballenger would endorse David Huffman, an old friend. But, no.

Lyons, a West Point graduate and former Army captain, was an executive with Corning Cable Systems. He comes out of the box stressing economic issues, jobs, education, and care for the elderly ... with nary a mention of strangling abortionists nor denying gays their civil rights. What! A dangerous moderate! Who sounds like a Democrat, just like so many of these other guys running in the Carolina piedmont, where so many jobs have been lost to the economic policies espoused by the leaders of their party. He certainly doesn't sound like his chief endorser Cass Ballenger.

And obviously this isn't the last word on Lyons, about whom there is much more to know.

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