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Thomas Ellis, a Raleigh lawyer and the strategist who got Jesse Helms elected to the U.S. Senate, is perhaps the most influential politician never to hold office. Ellis is featured in NORTH CAROLINA magazine's â€œexecutive profile.â€
Raleigh attorney and political maestro Tom Ellis will be awarded the Freedom Leadership Award honoring \"service to the cause of individual liberty.\" Ellis became an icon in national political affairs for convincing Ronald Reagan to run in the 1976 North Carolina Presidential primary.
Featured was the Chairman of the Raleigh based Congressional Club and newly formed Coalition for Freedom. Ellis discussed his reasons for switching to the GOP. He also expounded on a belief in a revival of Republican support across NC. Among evidence offered was the election of its first Republican senator in the century, Jesse Helms, an election in which Ellis played a pivotal role.