Robin Hayes, NC-08: Hemorrhaging Jobs with No Plan for Recovery

In the recent debate between Robin Hayes and Larry Kissell held by the League of Women Voters in Charlotte and aired on WTVI, both men stated that improving the job market for the 8th District workers was a top priority. Larry Kissell said it was the number one priority.

Robin Hayes claimed that he had worked hard to bring jobs to the district. From WWAY we have this:

Hayes said he's worked hard to promote economic development and efforts to bring good jobs to the parts of the district that are struggling.

The great thing about a claim like this is there is proof readily available about just how effective Robin Hayes has been at bringing jobs to the 8th District. Unemployment numbers are easily found through the North Carolina Employment Security Commission. Not only can we find out what the unemployment rate is today, we can look back at 1999 when Robin Hayes took office.

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The 8th Congressional District in North Carolina was once the home of a booming textile industry. Free trade agreements have closed the doors on many of the district's textile mills and many workers face tenuous futures. The jobs that are coming in offer lower pay and fewer benefits.

The counties Hayes represents are parts of Cumberland, Mecklenburg and Union and all of Anson, Cabarrus, Hoke, Scotland, Richmond, Stanly and Montgomery.

In 1999 when Robin Hayes took office the unemployment figures were very low. While there has been extreme fluctuation in many of the counties as industries come and go, the unemployment rate in almost all counties is higher today than when Hayes first took office. In some, the rate has almost doubled. Because unemployment has normal seasonal fluctuations the comparison is more fair if we compare August 1999, which is a few months after Hayes was elected, to August 2006. In that comparison we see this:

County

August 1999

August 2006

Anson

7.0%

8.1%

Cabarrus

2.1%

4.1%

Cumberland

4.0%

5.8%

Hoke

9.0%

5.3%

Mecklenburg

2.4%

4.6%

Montgomery

4.7%

6.7%

Richmond

7.6%

8.3%

Scotland

6.5%

9.2%

Stanly

3.6%

3.4%

Union

2.4%

3.6%

Eight of ten counties have seen an increase in their unemployment. Six counties now have unemployment rates that are higher than the national average and one that is tied with the national average. All in all, Robin Hayes has done very little to help the overwhelming majority of counties in his district. Most folks are much worse off than they were before he took office.

Most recently, a hosiery mill in Hayes' home county of Cabarrus announced its intention to move its operation to an undisclosed foreign country to take advantage of the lower wages they are able to pay foreign workers. Shogren Industries will be closing its Cabarrus location. The story is from the Charlotte Observer.

Mark Zerona, Shogren's president and chief executive officer, said in a statement that it has become increasingly more challenging to compete in a global environment.

"While it is a sad day for all of us at Shogren Hosiery, it is unfortunately a necessary step for the future of the company as we strive to bring the best products and services to our customers," he stated.

The company could not compete on price and type of product offered while manufacturing in Concord compared to products from overseas, Glanville said. Shogren declined to say the international site where it is producing hosiery.

Robin Hayes lied to his constituents about his intentions to vote against giving President Bush Fast-Track trade authority and he lied to his constituents about his intentions to vote against CAFTA. These were two extremely important issues to North Carolina's 8th Congressional District and the constant closing of textile and other manufacturing businesses and the resulting high unemployment figures are a direct result of Hayes' broken promises.

Fortunately for 8th District voters they have an opportunity to send Larry Kissell to Washington. Larry worked in the textile industry for 27 years and left to become a teacher when the company he worked for made the move to Mexico. Kissell is an 8th District Democrat with 8th District values. He understands that participating in the new global economy is important, but he also understands it isn't more important than protecting 8th District jobs.

In the debate sponsored by Charlotte's League of Women Voters and shown on WTVI, Kissell clearly stated there should be no more free trade agreements until we've brought good jobs back into the 8th District. Larry Kissell understands honesty. When Larry says he will put the needs and concerns of 8th District residents first, you can count on it.

To most of us there is a clear choice for the 8th Congressional District. For those who need a little more help seeing this clear choice, the race is between:

Larry Kissell, a man of his word or Robin Hayes, a man who doesn't keep his word.

Larry Kissell, a man with 8th District values or Robin Hayes, a man with values determined by special interest groups, Dennis Hastert and George W. Bush.

Larry Kissell, a man who wants to bring good jobs to the 8th District and Robin Hayes, a man who has voted to send those jobs to foreign countries.

Vote Larry Kissell on November 7th.

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half the story.

If you add in that the jobs that replace the textile mills have lower pay and no benefits the picture looks even worse. Also, there is a huge group of workers that have quit trying, so they are not "unemployed" and don't show up in the stats.

It is much worse than it looks.

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Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
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Those darn pesky facts.

The only numbers Flipper keeps up with are the numbers in his personal bank accounts. Those numbers have been going up, up and up while the wages of working people have been moving in the other direction.

Great entry, SD.

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Anson

Long time lurker and a huge southern dem fan. Please add Anson to your text list. Thanks for all you do for the 8th district.

Yay for de-lurking!

... and for Southern Dem fans. You're in good company!

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Using my work computer...

which is limited to IE and I gotta tell you - the site looks and works like crap.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
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Yikes! I'm so sorry...

How could I possibly leave off Anson when they have been a huge center of support for Larry Kissell. Thanks for delurking and catching my error. I'm glad you're here.


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Here is the DailyKos diary....please rec


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New Poll numbers

Hi All! I've been reading for a while, but just joined today. Love the good work that's going on here to support NC Dems! Does anyone know when the next NC-08 poll will be coming out? There was such a disparity between the 2 polls listed on Pollster. Surely there couldn't be that big of a difference in 1 week?

Welcome, DJShay!

I'm fairly new here but have already found the people at BlueNC to be some of the most dedicated Democrats---and very welcoming.

What part of NC are you in?

Location

I'm in Charlotte. I'm a lifelong Dem, but didn't really get fired up about politics until the 2004 elections. I volunteered to be a poll worker at my precint on 11/7 so I could get a feel of what the process is like from the other side. Where are you?

I'm in the Triangle

I'm in Cary but was up near Charlotte a week or so ago for the Kissell-Edwards rally. I'm a Kissell supporter even though I'm not in his district, in part due to the work of BlueNCers.

That's great you are going to work the polls!

Hi DJShay

I'm in Charlotte also. Which precinct are you going to work? I'll be out and about myself at the polls.


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I'm in precint 61.

I'm in precint 61.

Precinct 61

Is huge. Ya'll come out in full force almost every election - even primaries. Larry is going to be walking in 5 (right next door to 61) this weekend, I think. You can contact me through the contact form (click on my name) if you are interested in any other volunteer activities in your neighborhood or if you want a yard sign or anything. I'm so happy to hear you are working your poll. It's a great way to get involved. Glad you've joined in.


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Thanks! Will do :-)

Thanks! Will do :-)

great

I hope we can get you out for more than the 7th!

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"Keep the Faith"

Welcome, DJ!

I don't know anything about the schedule for polls, but we do know that the poll showing a big Hayes lead was a push poll by Republican hacks. Which isn't surprising . . . Flipper Hayes has never met a fact he couldn't stretch to make him look good.

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More De-lurkers, Horay!

Hello to both Mensor and DJ and welcome aboard. The 8th surrounds Moore County and we are the unlucky recepients of Howard Coble and his creed of toe the party line! We are hoping that Rory Blake can show him the door on 11/7. Also hoping that Galloway will take the NC52 house seat the the puppet Boylan was given by the Art Pope crowd.

Welcome aboard and hope to hear more from you both.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Again, SD - Great coverage!

Thanks for keeping us posted!

PS - have written a suggestion to the NPR, the Story about you and BlueNC and how blogging is changing the face of politics. Hope they're interested, if so, I nominate you, working for change, Anglico, Syntax, Screwy Hoolie, Viper Dan, GregFlynn, Robert P, Stan and Lance as Bloggers extaordinaire!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Don't leave yourself out of that group Mo

You are doing amazing work.


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new numbers

from Act Blue a few minutes ago.

Larry Kissell
donors 1,964
netroots $43,274.20
total $110,656.37

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"Keep the Faith"

A little nugget from the N&O

www.newsobserver.com/114/story/501868.html

Former Gov. Jim Hunt will be knocking on doors next week for Democrat Larry Kissell of Montgomery County, who is challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes in the 8th District...

Larry deserves all the help he can get. It's great to see establishment Dems like Gov. Hunt in Larry's corner.

all angles

All the dem angles have been pushing for Larry lately.

Edwards, Hunt, Jerry Meek, Rahm Emanuel. Awesome stuff.

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"Keep the Faith"

Enthusiastic Kissell supporter

I too have been lurking for the last couple of weeks since I discovered this site!

I'm in Charlotte and am stuck with that idiot Myrick, so I'm living vicariously watching the 8th! I given a bit of money to Larry - wish I could afford more...

Just curious why we haven't been able to mount a real challenge to Myrick here. It took me 10 minutes on Google to even find the name of the Dem who's running against her this cycle.

why?

Why are you living vicariously when you could be knocking on doors or making phone calls?

Im being put up in a house that is in Myrick's and making the drive every day. Give me a private message and we will plug you in for the last two weeks.

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"Keep the Faith"

Answer

Unfortunately, I'm a corporate trainer and I have trainings scheduled for the next two weeks. I am making voter calls for MoveOn. Let me know if I could help that way for Larry.

davido - I can send you some folks to call

Email me by clicking on my name and going to contact(I think that's how you do it). We're trying to get folks out to vote early and every bit of help is wonderful. You can do it at your own convenience.


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Davido - welcome to BlueNC

I'm so glad you decided to speak out. I'm in Charlotte also, but I'm in Mel Watt's district, so I feel I'm represented. We've bought property in Patrick McHenry's district. I plan to make his life hell(in a bloggy sort of way - no threat intended Mr. NSA man...) next cycle.

There are plenty of volunteer opportunities available to help Larry. I can send you phone numbers for calling to encourage them to get out and vote early, you can join us on a neighborhood canvass or work the polls on election day. You can send me or Blue South a private message or click on my username and send me an email.

Great to see you here.



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