U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick of North Carolinaâ€™s Ninth Congressional District on Tuesday endorsed state Rep. Patrick McHenry in his race for the Republican nomination in the Tenth District.
McHenry, a Republican from Cherryville, faces David Huffman of Hickory in the Aug. 17 runoff election.
Myrick, whose district at one time included Lincoln County, announced her endorsement on a campaign swing with McHenry through Cleveland, Lincoln and Gaston counties.
The winner will face Democratic opposition in the November general election.
Myrick said during an interview in Lincolnton she is impressed by McHenryâ€™s aggressive campaigning in the face of opponents with much greater war chests.
â€œIt took sheer determination and skill to do the grass roots politics,â€ she said.
McHenry and Huffman were the top vote-getters in the primary. One of the losers, George Moretz, a Hickory textile executive, said Friday he was endorsing McHenry because his â€œdesire to serve is genuine and his track record as a state legislator reflects his views honestly.â€
Huffman, a veteran sheriff, has the support of Rep. Joe Kiser, R-Vale, and enjoys support from a wide range of law enforcement circles.
Myrick said McHenry has what it takes to deal with the political pressures she sees daily in Congress.
â€œSince I was first elected in 1994, I have seen many eager freshmen Congressmen come to Washington and quickly be overwhelmed. When I look at Patrick McHenryâ€™s record, I see someone who has stood firm for our conservative principles, even when faced with tremendous pressure. His record in the State House is outstanding and I know he will be a strong addition to on North Carolina Congressional delegation.â€
McHenry said he was honored by Myrickâ€™s endorsement, one of several he has received recently, including that of retiring U.S. Rep. Cass Ballenger, whose seat he is seeking.
He said Myrickâ€™s was the â€œcapstone of all of the endorsements.â€
â€œSue Myrick is a conservative leader who has never backed down. Her determination has made her an extraordinarily effective member of Congress and I feel privileged to have her support.â€
McHenry also announced during his tour with Myrick that he will join the Republican Study Committee (RSC), once elected to Congress. The RSC is a group of over 85 House Republicans organized for the purpose of advancing a conservative social and economic agenda in the U.S. House of Representatives. by Al Dozier