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We used to import junky toys from China like the balsa wood planes I crashed as a child. Then, the Chinese took textiles and furniture before moving into auto parts, computers and telecommunications. Today, large parts of Boeing airliners are imported from China and multinational corporations are told to shift their most advanced R & D to China if they want to do business there.

Now it seems we are being asked to take Chinese imports to a whole new level as Mr. Bruce VonCannon, fresh back from China, says he wants to be the Congressman from the 6th District.

First, let's consider a few facts. Mr. VonCannon left North Carolina 40 years ago for the Ivy League and Nanyang University in Singapore. For more than 2 decades, he's been a banker. Not the kind of banker you and I know at Wells Fargo, but part of the international banking elite, master of the universe type, first on Wall Street and then in Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

More specifically, he ran the Hong Kong branch of Banque Privee Edmond de Rothschild – a Swiss/French private bank. His job was advising wealthy Chinese how to get even wealthier.

Apparently, advising the Chinese elite how to get richer made Mr. VonCannon pretty rich because it's reported he's going to spend $2,000,000 of his money to get elected.

Mr. VonCannon told the News and Record on December 10 that he retired from Banque Privee Edmond de Rothschild in 2012.

However, Hubbis said July 5,2013, “Von Cannon will be passing over his duties to Chan in the coming weeks”. The magazine added “it is rumoured that Von Cannon is returning to the US to run for congressional candidacy in his home state”.

It sure sounds like either the reporter at the News and Record got it wrong about when Bruce VonCannon retired and presumably left Hong Kong or Mr. VonCannon pulled a fast one on him. Just to nail down the point about when Bruce VonCannon left China, his own Linkedin profile says he was working for Banque Privee Edmond de Rothschild until August 2013 .

Let's look at some more facts.

Bruce VonCannon was registered Democrat until May 2013. I'm about the same age as Mr. VonCannon. While I was never an Ivy Leaguer, I am happy to say I joined the Republican Party when I registered in the 70s Looking at George McGovern, Frank Church and Jimmy Carter cozy up to America's Soviet enemies told me I didn't want anything to do with the Democratic Party. You would think someone as smart as Mr. VonCannon must be would have figured out the Democratic Party is bad news long before he decided to run for Congress in 2013.Count me suspicious.

To run for Congress, Mr. VonCannon also had to switch his voter registration from his mom's house in Randolph County to a house he bought in Guilford County on December 2 to establish a residence to run for Congress in the 6th District.

Here is another fact. A public records search shows that for the 2 decades Bruce VonCannon was in Asia, he didn't pay any property taxes in North Carolina. If he did, he should correct me.

His $900,000 American house was in Incline Village, Nevada. That's near Lake Tahoe. Perhaps the folks in Hong Kong were thinking he would run from Nevada when it was rumored in July that he was going to run for Congress. After all, when he shipped some furniture home from Hong Kong, it went to Nevada, not North Carolina.

A Congressman is supposed to represent the values of his or her district. He or she is supposed to know the people they are claiming to speak for.

In Hong Kong, Mr. VonCannon played tennis at the Pacific Club, an exclusive country club that advertises itself as for “a privileged few”. Come on people. Haven't Republicans been down this road before of nominating candidates who could connect with the folks in the boardroom and nobody else?

On the VonCannon website, there is a TV ad where he says he has never been in politics and politics is broken. What broke it to my way of thinking is opportunism. The kind of opportunism where someone with a lot of money sees an open Congressional seat and decides he wants to occupy it.

We don't know what Bruce VonCannon believes. We know what he reads in a script. .

All we know for sure is what he said before he started running. In a Swiss publication while he was in Hong Kong,he wrote “My personal wish for the future is that I might be a catalyst for accelerating the mutual understanding between people across different cultures”.

That sound like a job for Miss Congeniality, not a Congressman. A Congressman is supposed to represent America first, promote American jobs and defend American security.

Mr. VonCannon can say anything now. But when he was in Hong Kong with Banque Privee Edmond de Rothschild, his banking group partnered with CNOOC, the Chinese National Offshore Oil Company. CNOOC has signed billions in contracts with the Iranian oil industry, money the Mullahs can use to build their bomb. So much for American security.

His banking group also partnered with CITIC, a Chinese government owned financial institution that owns stakes in Chinese textile companies. It doesn't quite figure the 6th District would elect a Congressman with a record like that.

Republicans have been fat, dumb, stupid and arrogant before. And we had our butts kicked . Are we going to do it again?

Howard Coble held this seat for the GOP for 30 years by staying in touch with the voters. Democrats actually outnumber Republicans in the 6th and the Democrats have a lady who sounds like a pretty strong candidate

We shouldn't let someone parachute in from Hong Kong to buy the Republican nomination like a lady might buy a new charm for her bracelet.

Bruce VonCannon sounds as sturdy as those Chinese made planes I played with

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