Another candidate today joined the primary race for Republicans hoping to unseat Rep. Larry Kissell (D-N.C.). Neurosurgeon John Whitley stressed economic issues in his announcement for the 8th Congressional district.
He will face insurance executive Daniel Barry, former Iredell County Commissioner Scott Keadle and former Winston-Salem City Councilor Vernon Robinson in a GOP primary. Potential entrants to the race include businessman Pat Molamphy and state Rep. Justin Burr.
The decennial redistricting process left the 8th district substantially more Republican then it was in 2010 when Kissell won a 2nd term with 53 percent of the vote.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.