An ad released today by the Black Conservatives Fund encourages voters in North Carolina’s Second Congressional District to vote against Rep. Renee Ellmers in the June 7 primary.
Ellmers was first elected in 2010 with the support of pro-life groups and Tea Party groups. This year, after late redistricting, she faces another member of Congress, Rep. George Holding, and Greg Brannon in the primary.
Ellmers has Tea Party groups including Americans for Prosperity, Club for Growth, and Citizens United opposing her. She also now faces opposition from pro-life groups as well after her actions in 2014.
In 2014, the day before the March for Life, Rep. Renee Ellmers helped derail pro-life legislation, a 20-week abortion limit called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, that was expected to pass the day of the March. After being criticized for this by pro-life groups and voters, she called the pro-life groups “abhorrent and childish” in an editorial that blasted them.
The 20-week limit ultimately passed the House in 2015 and later died in the Senate. Pro-life leader Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) was quoted the passage of the bill in a newspaper op-ed in her district:
“While the derailment of the Pain Capable bill in January 2015 was a great disappointment to me, I am now convinced that the reworked version of the bill, if signed into law, will be more effective at preventing suffering and death among America’s unborn children than the original bill. Renee Ellmers was a strong advocate and supporter of the reworked version which helped the bill actually make it to the floor and ultimately pass the House in May 2015.”
Despite this, the bad blood still remains, and pro-life groups have mobilized against Ellmers as well with GOTV efforts and direct mail, among other tactics.
The Black Conservatives Fund PAC launched their new ad today. The Fund’s board members include Anita Moncrief, Ken Blackwell, Princella Smith, Sonnie Johnson, and Rev. C.L. Bryant.
Watch the ad against Rep. Renee Ellmers
From the ad’s Youtube page:
Renee Ellmers betrayed conservatives when she threw a temper tantrum and got the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act bill pulled from the House floor. She’s facing a tough primary (June 7th) and it’s time to abort her political career.
A tweet from the fund would seem to indicate that the ad is online-only and targeting the 2nd District in NC.