Cook Point of View: Rep. David Price No Longer 'Safe'

Oct 27, 2010, 12:17 ET from Lawson for Congress

With six days to go, Republican Lawson continues to gain momentum against 22-year incumbent

CARY, N.C., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Even with a $200,000-plus negative ad campaign flooding the airwaves, Congressman David Price is losing ground to Republican William (B.J.) Lawson, MD, in North Carolina's Fourth District.

Yesterday Charlie Cook, one of the most respected and non-partisan pollsters in the country and editor of The Cook Political Report, declared that the race between David Price and B.J. Lawson is competitive by moving Price from "safe" to "likely" Democratic. The report also included Rep. Barney Frank in the same category, another powerful liberal from Massachusetts previously thought to be safe.

"To be honest, I think the odds are higher that it's over 60 than under 40," [Cook] said of how many seats Democrats will lose.

"This indicates that pollsters are seeing what we've known for some time – David Price is extremely vulnerable. The negative ad campaign he's running isn't working," said Martin Avila, campaign manager for Lawson for Congress.

"Here is the Price campaign strategy: spend nearly a quarter-million dollars to distort Dr. Lawson's views, blame everyone else for Washington's problems, and then take credit for the financial prosperity of the Triangle. That's what liberal Democrats like Price are doing all over the country, because they can't run on their records. The American people aren't buying it and are about to give Nancy Pelosi and David Price their pink slips.

"Our campaign's message to voters is simple," Avila continued.  "Dr. Lawson is a Constitutional Conservative who is dedicated to small government and term limits. We've got to stop the Washington insiders and career politicians and get our struggling economy back on track the right way. Go vote, vote Conservative, vote Republican."

B.J. Lawson is a Constitutional Conservative, medical doctor and small businessman running against 22-year incumbent David Price, who votes with Nancy Pelosi more than any other congressman. For more information regarding B.J. Lawson's bid for North Carolina's 4th Congressional seat, please visit his website at

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