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November 20, 2010

AP: Fetzer to step down in January

Posted by David N. Bass at 12:32 AM

Reports the AP:

Tom Fetzer has told state GOP leaders he's stepping down as North Carolina Republican Party chairman in mid-January.

A member of the state GOP's central committee said Fetzer announced his decision at a committee meeting Saturday morning. Rep. David Lewis told The Associated Press that Fetzer said he would resign effective Jan. 15.

Lewis said the party's executive committee would choose Fetzer's replacement the same day. The successor likely would be up for re-election at the party's annual meeting in June.

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Ellmers already getting mentors in Washington

Posted by David N. Bass at 11:32 AM

It's now certain that Renee Ellmers will represent North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District in the 112th Congress. The News & Observer has a worthy synopsis of Ellmers freshman orientation in Washongton, D.C., this week.

Among the anecdotes:

She has collected a handful of mentors, including conservative U.S. Reps. Patrick McHenry of Cherryville, Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk and Walter Jones of Farmville. Advice ranges from how to hire staff to the proper placement of lapel jewelry.

Ellmers recalled, laughing, how Foxx walked up to her this week and ordered her to switch her congressional lapel pin from the right to the left side of her jacket. ("No one looks at your right side," Ellmers quoted Foxx as saying.) Foxx also gave her a line on a possible apartment a few blocks from Capitol Hill.

What better place for a freshman conservative congresswoman to wear her lapel pin than the right?

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