Kay Hagan for Congress?


In yesterday's Greensboro News Record there was a long and complementary profile of North Carolina Democratic State Senator Kay Hagan. She lives in Guilford County and is one of the Senate's chief budget writers. The piece interviews a number of sources including State Party Chair Jerry Meek, Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight and the Senator herself.

The article describes Hagan, who is 53, and has been in the NC Senate since 1998 as "a successful fundraiser" who's considered a "business-savvy centrist."

Meek is quoted as speculating that "if Howard Coble were to step down," she would be an ideal candidate for the Congressional seat in the 6th District. In what may sound like a bridge too far, Meek goes on to hope that, "..she would be one of the folks who would take a serious look at challenging Elizabeth Dole in 2008."

The Senator herself won't be specific about her ambitions except to say that she'll probably be running for "something" in '08.

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she is a VIP

would need a lot of money to get statewide name id though.

She could raise it I think. Could definetly raise the money needed for a congressional run.

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"Keep the Faith"

Why does Coble have to step down?

Meek and others seem to feel that there is no possibility of a Democrat winning in the 6th district. While I agree it's definitely a long shot, I think its counter-productive for the chair of the NCDP to make statements like "if Coble steps down, Kay Hagan should run." Kay Hagan would be an excellent candidate even if Coble doesn't step down. The 6th district needs a strong candidate with strong support from every county party in the district and strong support from the NCDP. Just because this is a "red" district doesn't mean we don't deserve some attention.

(just my wheel, squeaking away.)

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

i agree, why wait. n/t

I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for. ~ Thornton Wilder

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I had the exact same thought

Maybe we should start softening Coble up . . . help him either (1) see the wisdom of retiring or (2) realize he's in for a bloody fight no matter who takes him on.

I dont think thats what Meek meant

If you read between the lines I believe you'll see that regardless of what Coble does, Hagan may consider running for the NC-6th. I would think Chairman Meek's quote on Hagan is nothing more than holding all the cards until the flop.

Why would we have any Democratic candidate announce now their intentions before the Republican counterpart in that district? Espically when it comes down to a race that may be wide open like Coble's, it is better to wait and see next year what their intentions are before we throw anyone's hat into the fire.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

It may or may not have been what he meant

but that's been the message that's been sent in the 6th district for some time. I've had fellow dems in this district - active in the party - suggest that perhaps we shouldn't run anyone in 2008, and just do whatever we can to help Larry Kissel get elected.

Don't get me wrong, I support Kissel, donated to his campaign, and would vote for him if I had a chance. But the thing is, I don't have a chance. I need a Democrat to vote for in 2008, and I need for the state party to support that Democrat enthusiastically, with money, moral support, and feet on the ground.

As for waiting to announce - I don't know. Name recognition is a big thing, and the few people that I can think of that might be viable candidates in the Sixth District all need to work on that. I don't think it's too early to start.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

Don't look for Coble to retire

From the same article

Coble, a Republican, has held the Greensboro-based seat since the 1980s. He has not said when he will retire. His campaign committee recently filed the paperwork necessary to raise money for a 2008 bid.

Barring any health issues, I suspect that any Democrat running in the Sixth will be running against Our Congressman, Howard Coble. ::shudder::.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

Two Good Reasons To Like Sen. Hagan

Here are two good reasons to like Kay Hagan.

Reason #1, John Hood of The Locke Foundation can't stand her. It seems that from her position as co-chair of the budget committee she had the temerity to tell her constituents that the budget couldn't accommodate what everyone wanted. As reported by John Hood, her exact quote read, “There wasn’t enough money for everything,”

Now you might think such a sentiment would make all the small hearted radicals at The Locke Foundation happy. After all, here is a careful banker pulling her green eye shades low and telling constituents the hard facts of life, that the budget can't afford everything.

But not so... John Hood was amazed that Sen. Hagan could even contemplate an ideal world where the budget might have been able to afford more than it did.

(Imagine here huffing and puffing and eyes that are rolling.)

Obviously, a woman with that kind of wild irresponsible imagination should never be trusted with the taxpayer's money. "My goodness," he protested, a budget that "didn’t include funding for everything it theoretically could have... is that really the test?"

From there he rages on about politicians "who equate progress with expanding government... and believe they can spend your money more effectively than you can... I kid you not!"

He blathers on, but I think you get the point. If Sen. Hagan told Mr. Hood that his life was priceless, he would accuse her of a grossly inflated appraisal meant only to raise his taxes.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Hood...

Reason #2 to like Sen. Hagan is offered by a slightly less agitated source, Doug Clark, editorial writer for The News-Record in Greensboro. In his May 25th column "Off The Record" he writes, "Hagan is not only one of the smartest and most influential legislators in Raleigh, she communicates! Those are the ingredients of an outstanding leader and representative."

So, who are we to believe?

I'm 56 years old. I moved to North Carolina five years ago. The previous twenty-five years I spent as a resident of Chicago's north shore and before that Wisconsin, Utah and California. I live in Moore County. My Congressman is Howard Coble, my State Sen

George, you have me sold

I would certainly help her against Coble. What do we need to do to convince her to run?

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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How to get Hagan to run?

I'm not a font of ideas on the subject, but contacting her would be a good first step...

Here's her contact information:

The Honorable Kay R. Hagan
411 Legislative Office Building
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Phone: (919) 733-5856
e-mail: Kayh@ncleg.net

We could put together a petition, but I'm not sure how we'd deploy that option online. If anyone has an idea on how that could be done I'd love to hear it. I'd be happy to be the point person on the project.

I'm 56 years old. I moved to North Carolina five years ago. The previous twenty-five years I spent as a resident of Chicago's north shore and before that Wisconsin, Utah and California. I live in Moore County. My Congressman is Howard Coble, my State Sen

Two Good Reasons?

Reason #1, John Hood of The Locke Foundation can't stand her.

Do we need a second reason? Heck, I'd support her just to watch his head spin around on his neck.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

I very much like that test

of candidate approval ...

1. Speak the potential Democratic candidate's name into the wind.
2. Measure the velocity of headspinning over said name at JLF.
3. Compare the RHV (relative headspin velocity) induced by each candidate name.
4. Choose a candidate from among those with the highest JLF RHV.
5. Resist the temptation to throw names in just to get a reaction. ;)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Too funny just thinking about it

We need an artist's rendition of the above comment.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.