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Women for Trump endorses Murphy

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The Daily Reflector

Friday, May 10, 2019

GREENVILLE — A national women’s organization that supports President Donald Trump has endorsed state Rep. Greg Murphy, R-Pitt, 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 in the 3rd Congressional District. Because he got less than 30 percent of the vote, however, Kinston pediatrician Joan Perry was eligible to call for a second primary election. That second election is set for July 9.

Women for Trump originally planned to hold a candidates forum ahead of the second primary before making its endorsement but has since elected not to, Kremer said.

“When it came down to Dr. Greg Murphy and Dr. Perry, there was no question in our mind who was the the best person. The best person to represent (North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District is) Dr. Greg Murphy,” she said.

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 fixing the immigration system was the nation’s most important issue. He also said he supported the president’s policies.

Reacting to the Women for Trump’s endorsement, Murphy said he was “humbled” to receive both it and Kremer’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.”

Kremer is one of the original founders of the Tea Party movement and has a long history of grassroots political activism.

Trump for Women’s endorsement of Murphy follows his endorsement last week by U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. Meadows represents North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District and chairs the conservative House Freedom Caucus in Congress.

Perry, meanwhile, has also picked up several endorsements as well.  

The Associated Press reported this week that the conservative group FreedomWorks for America endorsed the Kinston pediatrician 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, in a statement.

Also endorsing Perry is the Susan B. Anthony List, one of the nation’s largest pro-life advocacy groups, according to Perry’s campaign. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the SBA List, was scheduled to be in Greenville this week to stump for Perry.

The winner of the Murphy-Perry second primary will take on Democrat Allen Thomas and Libertarian and Constitution party candidates in the Sept. 10 special election. The election is being held to fill the 3rd District seat left vacant by the death of longtime Congressman Walter Jones on Feb. 10.

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