WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The contest for the Republican nomination in North Carolina's Seventh Congressional District is between three candidates. At 66-years-old, Randy Crow is the oldest of the three, and has more experience running in political races. This will be Crow's 19th campaign for office, ranging from City Council in Wilmington to President of the United States.
"I got upset about the direction of this country," Crow said during an interview in the WECT studios. "Each race that I've done I've learned a little more about how it works. I did them all to kind of learn the ropes, and figure out what was leading this country in the direction we're going."
A Democratic candidate for many years, Crow switched parties and became a Republican candidate after the 2008 Presidential campaign. "I got angry in 2008 because I felt that (then Democratic National Committee Chairman) Howard Dean did some maneuvering that threw the election over to (then Senator Barack) Obama," Crow said. "I think the choice of the candidate should be made by the voters, and not anyone with the (political) party. That's when I went over to the Republican Party.
Crow spent years in the private sector, working in real estate and the oil industry in Texas before moving to North Carolina. He is involved in real estate and is self-employed and living in Kelly, which is in Bladen County. Crow is financing his own campaign and does not solicit donations from others. "I feel we need to get money out of politics, because it's channeling where we go to the people who giver the most money," he said.
Crow opposed Congress' recent vote to extend the 2% payroll tax deduction for the rest of 2012. "I think we need every bit of withholding tax so that we will have enough money to pay social security," he said. "If we reduce it, it won't be long before people start saying ‘we're insolvent' as far as social security is concerned."
When it comes to helping the economy, Crow says dropping the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15% would be one way of keeping industries and businesses from taking jobs overseas.
Crow also criticized incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre's recent letter to President Obama, asking him to reconsider his stance on the Keystone XL pipeline project between Canada and the United States. Rep. McIntyre said "The Keystone pipeline project is in our national and economic interest. It will create jobs, help us become more energy independent, and help bring down gas prices. Let's get this project going so we can get America going!"
"Mike voted in favor of extending the moratorium on drilling for oil, and he has voted against new refineries that would bring down the price of gasoline," said Crow when asked about the Congressman's letter. "For him to up and act like he is trying to get the price down, I think is a day late and a dollar short."
Crow considers the State Port in Wilmington as the driving economic force of the district, but says deepening the port could lead to some environmental dangers. He believes digging too deep would create holes in the aquifer and create potential problems. He also believes a better location for a deeper port would be in Brunswick County, near the Southport area, to better handle the larger 50-foot draft ships that many companies are looking at using. He called the proposed international terminal project, recently put on hold by the State Port Authority, a definite answer for the future. "I don't think it has to be done to the detriment of the port in Wilmington," Crow added. "I think it could be built in stages, bringing in the bigger ships initially. You could live with the port we have in Wilmington, but do the expanding closer to Southport."
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