Looks Like Charles Taylor is Running

"District Attorney Jeff Hunt said today he will not seek the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler in the 11th congressional district." - BlueRidgeNow.com

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketJeff Hunt was gung ho to run when we met him in the spring though he was waiting on disgraced former Congressman Charles Taylor to bow out first. Hunt's announcement yesterday coupled with Taylor's coy non-answers to the Henderson County Republican Men's Club make it look like we're going to have to endure another season of Taylor's poorly produced smear ads and outright lies.

The rumor mill says that Tom Apodaca won't run because his wife is reluctant. Carl Mumpower could give it a shot, but you've seen how well Asheville candidates do out in the hinterlands.

Hunt really wanted to run.

Charles Taylor... Are ya sure, Charles? Are you sure? Because you're looking at a 61-39 loss this time unless you have photographs of Heath having group sex with Cindy Sheehan, Al Sharpton, and Larry Craig. You're going to put yourself through the wringer, further blackening your karma, having to deal with agitators - For what?

Open thread

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Coy Privette gets 500 cards and letters from groupies saying "don't quit" - while the Cabarrus County Republican leadership finally calls for him to resign after he his guilty plea to aiding and abetting prostitution.

What is it with Republicans these days? Did someone change the meaning of GOP to "Good Old Perverts"?

Grier Martin for US Senate

This is a reprise of a post I wrote on June 26th. The only thing that's changed since then is that my enthusiasm for Grier Martin continues to grow. According to the Dome, Grier is taking a good hard look at jumping into this race. I encourage you to help him "look" by sending him words of encouragement and support. The time is right for Grier Martin to move boldly to challenge a woman many consider to be the worst North Carolina Senator in modern times.

Make Them Pay

Anyone who is paying attention to the transit fight in Shah-lot (ahem....Charlotte for our brethren from up nawth) has had an earful from all those selfish people who want riders on Charlotte buses to pay their "full fare". According to these folks, we wouldn't need a transit tax to subsidize bus riders if they were forced to pay a rate commensurate with the cost of their bus trip.

Selfish.Selfish.Selfish.

Let's see if I can't break this down for them in terms that their small little minds can wrap around, K? I know I don't need to explain this to anyone who reads here, so bear with me. Humor me. I just gotta get this out of my system.

Today at noon: BlueNC features WUNC featuring the Dynamic Duo

I'm going to try something new today during my lunch hour: I'm going to live-blog WUNC's State of Things, featuring political pundits Carter Wrenn and Gary Pearce. According to the blurb:

Carter Wrenn and Gary Pearce met when they were representing their bosses - Jesse Helms and Jim Hunt - over negotiations for a debate when both candidates were running for Senate in 1984. The two political operatives from different parties - Wrenn's a Reublican (sic), Pearce is a Democrat - reunited two years ago to form a blog, talkingaboutpolitics.com. Listner (sic) Call-In


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