Today in NC State History: North heads south for endorsement

August 28, 2015
By Chris Saunders

historyIconLt. Col. Oliver North spent the mid-1980s becoming the face of the Iran-Contra scandal during President Ronald Reagan’s administration. But by 1988, North had gotten an appetite for politics.

On this day 27 years ago, North appeared in Raleigh at Reynolds Coliseum to offer his endorsement for Thomas Fetzer, who was running for Congress from North Carolina’s 4th District.

A Technician cover featuring Oliver North a year before his summer visit to Raleigh in 1988.

A Technician cover featuring Oliver North a year before his summer visit to Raleigh in 1988.

“Both attended their country’s military schools, both were heroes in unpopular wars, both were put in the right place a the right time by providence,” Fetzer told the crowd, comparing North to former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

The visit from the former Marine had its detractors, with close to 100 protesters lining Dunn Avenue to chant, “Ollie out of Raleigh,” according to the Technician.

In 1994, North himself ran for a U.S. Senate seat in Virginia, but he lost.

 

 

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