So I'm surfing the net the other day, and what do I find? Greensboro's Yes Weekly made the following comment:
The anniversary of Katrina reminded folks that District 5 incumbent Virginia Foxx was one of only 11 in Congress to vote against the post-storm aid package. But even though the netroots have discovered the candidacy of Roger Sharpe, he doesn't have anywhere near the dough he needs to mount a strong enough challenge.
Now, I'm not naive enough to think that money doesn't factor into political campaigns, but I do know a little about Roger Sharpe's campaign.
As I wrote some time ago at TPM Cafe, one of the primary philiosophies of the Sharpe campaign is that you can't clean house with mud on your shoes.
Roger Sharpe specifically and publicly has stated that he will not accept special interest PAC money. He has said that Foxx is bought and paid for, and that is one of the primary reasons for his candidacy.
Roger wants to give the voters a choice: a representative with a war chest created by corruption, cronyism, and special interests, or a grassroots, netroots, people-powered campaign for a candidate who cares about the people of his district and the future of our country.
Of course money is an issue. But Roger has faith in the voters of the 5th District. He believes they want something better, for now and for the future.
Every time these papers say that Roger can't win simply because he can't match Foxx dollar for corrupt dollar, they are slapping every volunteer canvasser, and blogger, and LTTE writer, and individual contributor in the face.
But guess what? All that does is emolden us furter. The system is afraid of change, but change is what we're going to give 'em.
Foxx can keep her millions. I'm already sold on Roger Sharpe.