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Newcomer says she’s not too late to take on Foxx PDF Print
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 19:00

Diane Hamby, former Iredell Commissioner and the newest addition to the 5th District Congressional race, starts her campaign months after Roy Carter, her opponent in the Democratic Primary.

She’s not intimidated by the Ashe County coach-turned politician.


“When you run for office, you have to think about what it takes to run, what you need to come to that decision, and how you’re going to come to your end goal, which is to win an election. Focusing on other people’s campaigns doesn’t do that.”


Hamby gets right to the point. She’s here to make a change.


“Special interest money is controlling what goes on in Washington: all of the decisions in the past since 2000 with this administration.  Of course, Ms. Foxx has voted for them. She has tied her fortunes to the Bush White House, and anything they want, short of just one or two small things, she’s certainly voted for.”


Hamby says what’s going on with federal spending is “irresponsible.”


“You can’t just keep borrowing money and passing that bill onto our children and grandchildren. To say ‘I’m a conservative,’ and then spend like there’s no tomorrow, I just don’t understand why there’s not more outrage, especially across our district.”


The current occupant of the seat, Republican Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, was first elected in 2004 and plans to defend her seat in 2008. Last election, Foxx lost in her home county of Watauga. Hamby hopes her strong stance on environmental issues will help her fare better.


“The people in the mountains really understand how important the environment is. They’re the headwaters to all our rivers. I feel the people of Watauga, they have a special way of living, and I just think it’s wonderful.”


Hamby plans on visiting each county in the fifth district, and we’ll let you know when she’s headed our way.


In the meantime, Hamby’s efforts haven’t fazed the Carter Camp. It’s still business as usual for fellow Democratic candidate Roy Carter.


“My campaign has been organized since early September and I view my opponent to be Virginia Foxx and I expect to be the one to beat Virginia Foxx in November.”


Foxx says she’s too focused on what’s going on in Washington right now to pay attention to the democratic primary- but did have a brief comment on Hamby’s campaign.


“I’m glad that our democratic process work and people who want to run can run. It’s a testimony to our wonderful country.”

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