That's what Vernon Robinson calls himself, by the way. Who is Vernon Robinson? Well right now he's best described as the Republican who wants to challenge Democrat Mel Watt for the 12th congressional district seat in November. Ask Watt what he thinks about the challenge, and he'll say "[g]iven how Vernon has run campaigns, I'll just sit back and enjoy the fight." And how has Robinson run campaigns? Here's a tidbit from August of 2004 (when he was running for the US House in the 5th district):
The Robinson campaign is best characterized as highly negative. The councilman joined Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado in criticizing President George W. Bush on immigration policy. Robinson even stated that the Republican Party was to blame for America’s immigration crisis. The rhetoric was so hot that former U.S. Rep. Jack Kemp withdrew his endorsement of Robinson. It was later reported by NCRumors.com that the Bush campaign quietly informed Robinson’s staff to resign for the sake of their careers.
Yikes. And that's from a right-wing author! Remember the Lil'est Wingnut, Nathan Tabor? Robinson, running against Tabor in the 2004 primary, called him pro-abortion and pro-gay, too liberal for the job. That's a bit like calling Richard Nixon too trusting and kind-hearted. Robinson also called Virginia Foxx (who won the seat) too liberal, saying: "With her liberal record I did not believe she would be able to get a toe-hold in the race, but she ran away from her record and told people she was just like Vernon, only old and white."
The reality based community in the 12th has a winner in Mel Watt. For everyone else, I guess, there's Robinson. Let the games begin.
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