Trucking company executive Jerry Langer is exploring a bid in the 11th congressional district.
“With the right candidate, this is undoubtedly a winnable race for Republicans and I am going to spend the next days deciding if I am that candidate,” Langer said. “Here is what I already know: If I decide to run, I believe so much in defeating Mikie Sherrill that I’ll be putting my money where my mouth is on day one of the race.”
Rep. Mikie Sherrill has drawn considerably fewer Republican challengers than have the state’s other Democratic freshmen.
Last year, Sherrill defeated Assemblyman Jay Webber by almost 15 points to win a seat held by Republicans for more than three decades.
Langer’s interest in the seat was announced by Bill Stepien, formerly White House political director under President Donald Trump and Gov. Chris Christie’s former chief of staff.
Early indications are that Langer, who is expected to self-fund a portion of his campaign, will attempt to paint Sherrill, a moderate Democrat, as an out-of-touch liberal.
“When Mikie Sherrill ran last year, she pledged to be a bi-partisan member of Congress who would represent all residents of the 11th Congressional District,” Langer said. “Instead, Mikie has voted 97% of the time with liberal Nancy Pelosi and 91 percent of the time with radicals Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and thinks we haven’t noticed that she’s already turned into the fifth member of The Squad.”