Third Time's A Charm For CU-Backed HouseAspirant
WILLIAMSTON, N.C. - (10/20/04) -- If he wins his race on Nov. 2,credit union-supported G.K. Butterfield will be experienced invictory celebrations, despite his status as a political newcomer.The candidate for the state's 1st district congressional seat hasalready won two elections in just the past three months! That'sbecause he scored a rare double victory in a special election July21 to succeed freshman Frank Balance, who is retiring for healthreasons--and won the Democratic primary on the same day. One of theadvantages the former state Supreme Court Justice and long-timeState Employees CU member had had is the support of the state'scredit unions, with CUNA contributing the maximum allowable $10,000to his campaign. The state's credit unions have weighed in in allthree of the state's open House seat races, the most in the nation,backing Republican Patrick McHenry, vying to succeed retiring Rep.Cass Ballenger, as well as Republican state Senator Virginia Foxxin the race to succeed Rep. Richard Burr (running for the Senate).The North Carolina CU League, however, has decided against sidingwith either Burr or his Democratic opponent Erskine Bowles in therace for the Senate seat now held by Democratic Vice Presidentialhopeful John Edwards.