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Former lieutenant governor endorses Gurley for job

RALEIGH ó Former Lt. Gov. Jim Gardner is asking Republican donors around the state this week to donate in support of Tony Gurleyís campaign for lieutenant governor.
Gardner, North Carolinaís only Republican lieutenant governor in the last century, wrote in an appeal letter that he is endorsing Gurley because he is uniquely qualified to run the office.
ěFrankly, I canít think of anyone more prepared to serve as North Carolinaís Lt. Governor. Tony Gurley has a unique blend of experience in government and business,î Gardner wrote.
ěWe cannot afford another four years of liberal Democrats killing jobs. And Republicans canít afford to nominate a candidate who needs on the job training.î
Gardner also wrote that he rarely gets involved in primary politics but was driven to support Gurley because of his experience as a small business owner.
In a press release sent by campaign staff Monday, Gurley said he is honored to have Gardnerís endorsement this early in the campaign season.
ěLt. Gov. Gardner was an influential and formidable leader for our party when Republicans in North Carolina were far and few between,î Gurley said. ěFrom our conversations, I know the Lt. Governor sees the potential for North Carolina to elect a strong Governor and Lt. Governor who will work together to realize the conservative reforms the state needs.î
Gurley faces Dan Forest, a Raleigh architect, in the Republican primary election. The winner will face Democratic incumbent Walter Dalton.

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