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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Five years ago, Greg Brannon says
he was sitting on the couch at his home near Raleigh, complaining about what
happened to his political party and his country. Fast-forward ahead to March
2014, and the end of a whirlwind series of events that has a political newcomer eying a
chance to make a difference in how the country is governed.
"I am a servant citizen looking for constitutional
leadership, so it's more of a mission than a campaign," said Brannon during a
sit-down interview in the WECT studios. "It's not just about Greg Brannon or
the campaign team. It's about changing the future for our patients, our family,
our children, and the next generation.
It's crucial to get back to our foundational principles."
Brannon is a front-runner for the Tea Party in North Carolina.
His philosophy is simple: conservative and constitutional. Any questions on the
federal government's role in the lives of citizens, he answers through the
prism of two documents: The Declaration
of Independence and the United States Constitution.
"The Declaration of Independence is the philosophy that
our government is based upon," Brannon says with excitement in his eyes. "There
are two questions answered in the second paragraph that are crucial: who is
sovereign and what is the legitimate role of a government? Our creator made us in his image, we have
certain unalienable rights, life from the moment of conception to natural
passing, liberty with freedom and responsibilities, and the pursuit of your
dreams, your happiness. The next sentence says ‘That to secure these rights,
Governments are instituted amongst Men, deriving their just powers from the
consent of the governed'. We are giving
our consent to have these trustees of that contract."
Brannon tells the story of being raised by a single mom,
and becoming the first in his family to go to college. An OBGYN with a practice
in Cary, Brannon talks proudly about being a born-again Christian, having a
marriage of 26 years, and his seven children, three of which he and his wife
have adopted. "The family man is why I am in this race," he says. "I believe
the tentacles of the federal government are so invasive in every aspect of our
life. That is not what our founding fathers pledged their lives and sacred
Recent polls have
shown Brannon tied with House Speaker Thom Tillis in the campaign for the
Republican nomination. A survey done in early March by Public Policy Polling
showed Brannon and Tillis polling at 14 percent among the candidates in a
crowded Republican field, ahead of Heather Grant's 11 percent. Just one month
prior, Tillis had a lead of 20-13 over Brannon for the nomination. When asked
if his strategy is to get Tillis into a run-off after the May primary, Brannon
confidently predicts a runoff will not be necessary.
"I believe we're going to win without a runoff," Brannon
said. "This race is about one thing and one thing only: are we a ‘rule of law'
nation or not? Are we ‘the Constitution' or not? If Mr. Tillis ever shows up
for a debate, I would love to have that debate."
A recent campaign fundraising letter surfaced in which
Brannon calls Tillis "unelectable" as a candidate for U.S. Senate. Brannon
offered the following explanation for choosing that word: "Is the Republican Party based on public
private partnerships, like toll roads? That's the exact same policy (President)
Obama ran for in 2008. Are we for state exchanges? He (Tillis) had state
exchanges being formed in the House, and the Senate stopped it. He said
Obamacare is a good idea, we just can't afford it. He said it's not "if" we
have Obamacare, it's how we implement it. I'm showing that this is not in the Constitution.
Every idea he has, is it in Article 1, Section 8 or not? That's the crux here."
The Brannon campaign has had a few recent bumps in the road as well. He admitted
to making a mistake by not paying a property tax bill until it was uncovered by
a Raleigh TV station. "We messed up," Brannon says. "It's my responsibility,
it's paid." But Brannon is adamant that he will be cleared in a civil case
after a jury in Wake County found that Brannon misled investors in a technology
start-up company called Neogence Enterprises. The judgment ordered Brannon to
pay more than $450,000. Brannon plans to appeal. "When the whole truth comes
out, I will be vindicated," he says.
Brannon has the support of several high-profile Tea Party
conservatives in Congress, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Sen. Ted Cruz
(R-Texas) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).
Sen. Paul and Sen. Lee have both endorsed Brannon's candidacy. FreedomWorks
PAC, a conservative committee that supports individual liberty and constitutionally-limited
government, has also endorsed Brannon's effort in the campaign for U.S. Senate.
"I love when I have the Rev. Al Sharpton attacking me, or
by what Sen. Mitch McConnell says about the Tea Party," Brannon says. "I love when Karl Rove belittles us the same
way we have Mother Jones(.com) attacking us. I will never waver on life and I
will never waver on the Constitution."
Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:32:17 GMT
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