- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)7
- Japanese restaurant up and running; owner surprised by fondness of sushi here (2/24/17)1
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)23
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)48
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- Former KFVS12 reporter talks about recovery from eating disorder (2/23/17)11
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)13
- Two men crack market with local cage-free eggs (2/26/17)12
Republican incumbent draws anger over comments about NRA escort
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Republican candidate for Congress is offering campaign volunteers extra protection for their forays into immigrant neighborhoods -- escorts from the National Rifle Association.
Democrats said the move by incumbent Rep. Robin Hayes' campaign is an insult to residents, and held a rally Saturday in their support.
"We've knocked on doors in this neighborhood," said Paul Blank, campaign manager for Chris Kouri, Hayes' Democratic opponent. "We've had women and children go door-to-door, too."
The volunteers went to the area without NRA escorts, he said.
In an e-mail sent Thursday to Mecklenburg County Republicans about a campaign gathering, Hayes' campaign managers said volunteers need not fear.
"NRA members will cover neighborhoods that might be uncomfortable for some volunteers," the e-mail said.
Hudson later conceded the message may have been insensitive, and he said he hoped the NRA escorts would not be carrying guns.
"I could understand, going back and reading it, that it could have been worded better," Hudson said.