Food fight

I didn't mean to start a food fight, and I apologize for doing so. Just to be clear, I have great admiration for Jerry Meek, who takes more crap as Big Cheese at the North Carolina Democratic Party than anyone should ever have to. I'm sorry I added to his woes and that wasn't my intention when I wrote this yesterday:

The Hill is reporting a potential primary challenge to Larry Kissell in NC-8 by Rick Glazier. I'd heard rumblings about this earlier this year, and was disappointed to see the possibility is still alive. I've heard good things about Glazier in general, but I have to say, this pretty much annoys the hell out of me. Glazier's not quoted in this article . . . the only on-the-record source for the story is Jerry Meek, who does the talking for Glazier. Jerry should have told the reporter to contact Glazier directly to find out about his plans. His go-betweening in this article is unseemly to my mind.

It is NOT what Jerry said that annoys the hell out of me . . . it's the risk of a primary threat to Larry. The only point I wanted to make about Jerry is that he could have invited the reporter to contact Glazier personally. To my uninformed ear, it didn't sound right to have him explaining what Rick might or might not be doing.

But that's all beside the point now. Jerry is a stand-up guy and doesn't need criticism for me (or anyone else, in my opinion), for his tireless and thankless work on behalf of the North Carolina Democratic Party. In so many ways, it's a lose, lose job, and I for one and enormously grateful that he does it.

Glazier vs. Kissell? I sure hope not

The Hill is reporting a potential primary challenge to Larry Kissell in NC-8 by Rick Glazier. I'd heard rumblings about this earlier this year, and was disappointed to see the possibility is still alive. I've heard good things about Glazier in general, but I have to say, this pretty much annoys the hell out of me.

Glazier's not quoted in this article . . . the only on-the-record source for the story is Jerry Meek, who does the talking for Glazier. Jerry should have told the reporter to contact Glazier directly to find out about his plans. His go-betweening in this article is unseemly to my mind.

North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Meek said Glazier is “seriously thinking about” a bid. “He will almost certainly not make a decision until toward the end of the legislative session, which will probably run another month or so,” Meek said. “He just has been focused on the legislature right now.”


Cooper for Senate

This was not submitted for BlueNC WoW, but it was written by a female writer here at BlueNC and deserves wider attention.

Last summer, Roy Cooper sent an e-mail out to supporters announcing that he'd be seeking re-election as the state's top law enforcement official. The e-mail put to rest widespread speculation that Cooper would join Lt. Governor Beverly Perdue and State Treasurer Richard Moore in vying for the governor's mansion. Cooper's friends say the decision was personal, not political--that he'd rather spend time with his two daughters and that he genuinely enjoys his work with the state's Department of Justice.

"You can make a real difference," Cooper told N&O Political Reporter, Rob Christensen, in August. "Bill Clinton once said the best job he ever had was being attorney general."

Indeed he did...and yet, somehow, within a year of becoming attorney general, he had already made up his mind to run for governor.

Grier Martin for Senate

I'm often amazed at the speed with which the world can change. One minute I'm biting my nails, wondering if one of the most capable representatives in Congress will leave the House and run for Senate. And in the blink of an eye, I'm writing a post declaring my unqualified and passionate enthusiasm for a different person, a man I am asking to take the plunge: Representative Grier Martin.

I first got to know Grier on March 3, in a live-blogging session that started this way:

It's been a busy BlueNC week. We closed out February with the first-ever Women on Wednesdays, and a record 13,008 unique visitors for the shortest month of the year. We got the scoop on "new rules" for the NC House, and today we have a second-term representative, Grier Martin, stopping by to answer your questions. He's a primary sponsor on the Renewable Portfolio Standards bill, and is intensely interested in veterans affairs and family issues.

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