Who Should I Recruit to Defeat Dole?

Hey, everyone. The 2008 elections have already begun. And, already, I need your help. It's not clear at this point that Elizabeth Dole will actually run for re-election. She's been widely criticized for her performance as Chair of the NRSC; she's shown that she has little to no interest in what happens to North Carolina or its citizens; and, let's face it, her performance on the pre-election episode of "Meet the Press" was painful to watch.

But, even if she does run, we can beat her. So, who should I recruit to take her on? Don't limit yourselves to politicians. Are there good businesspeople or community leaders out there who share our vision and can win?

I'm looking forward to your thoughts.

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Great question, Jerry.

And thanks for opening it up to "all comers." The short list around here has been:

1. Either Bev Purdue or Richard Moore (convince one of them not to run for governor).

2. Jim Hunt

3. Mike Easley

Brad Miller popped up in a discussion yesterday, too.

But I like the idea a lot of expanding the conversation and am very happy you posted this. We'll keep it at the top for awhile so all can pile on.

Congratulations again on a kick-ass election! All the best to you and your excellent staff.

Brad Miller is fantastic

He's my "Fantasy Senate" pick, for sure. He has a certain Feingoldish appeal.

Thanks for asking, Jerry

My list, in no particular order, would include:
-Bev Perdue
-Elaine Mashall
-Jim Hunt
-Bob Etheridge
-Terry Sanford, Jr. (wild card candidate)

We need someone with good name recognition, ability to raise a TON of money, no skeletons rattling around in the closet, and who will not run away from the 'Democrat' label, like Harold Ford did.

This is a winnable race, but it will be tough, dirty, and expensive. And will probably end up about 52-48, one way or the other.

Ringer to defeat Dole

ERIN KUCZMARSKI!
She was in the State House from 1992 to 1994 and was defeated by Russell Capps. She's intelligent (a Chiropractor), ambitious, excellent Democrat and very good looking. She has all the assets to win a state Senate election and has the ability to run circles around Liddy in a debate. I promise this is our champion race horse! She was Brad Miller's seatmate in the House.
Meet the new NC Senate candidate! Liddy will look like stake fish next to Erin!

Good looks aside,

that name is gonna be one tough sell.

What's a "stake fish"?

Some good stuff in here

Most Importantly,

1) Don't run away from being a Democrat. Harold Ford did not gain any votes from supporters of the Confederate Flag- they were never going to vote for him, no matter what, for reasons that are skin-deep. Rather, Ford lost the "abstentions" of thousands of Progressive voters who simply could not bear the thought of voting for him and left their votes blank for the Senate.

2) Brad Miller is a fantastic candidate.

3) Is Dean Smith really a bona fide Democrat? I'd think some TV commericlas from him would be as valuable to the Party as him running himself.

smith

Devout Democrats Good enough for me.

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Big Mike?

After his showing at Vance-Aycock I have to say that Mike Easley could be the person to back in the '08 Senate race. Though he showed up late, he was awesome! I have never seen the Governor give a speach like that. If he can keep up that type of energy he is the person to get behind! Plus he's one of the largest vote getters in state history...so people must like him.

It's funny you should say that...

it was immediately after Jim Hunt stopped speaking at the inaugural Sanford-Hunt dinner that I turned to my neighbor and said "We need him to run against Dole." He had tremendous energy and power in his voice, an orator in a world of soundbites.

I'm not against Mike, he is my number one choice because:
1. He can win.
2. He could serve for a long time.

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My list

Jim Hunt

Bev Perdue a distant 2nd (I would rather her be Governor).

NOT Mike Easley. Any more land deals come out in the papers and I am going to start asking that he not run for any office again.

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Cubby for Governor 2016!

You know you wanna!

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If given the choice of being shot or running for anything i will buy a gun.

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Dole

How about Elaine Marshall?

As long as

She could get the funding I think that would be a great option.

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But, even if she does run, we can beat her. So, who should I recruit to take her on? Don't limit yourselves to politicians. Are there good businesspeople or community leaders out there who share our vision and can win?

This comment right here is everything that is right with North Carolina Politics righ tnow.
Why not Dean Smith? (even if I do bleed State Red)
I cant think of any rich successful businessmen who are Democrats, but I am sure others can.

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In that same vein...

is Bill Friday too old to run?

How about Mel Watt, I would love to see him run and stir the base?

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dont get me wrong

I love Mel Watt.
But I dont think he could beat Dole statewide. Now, if she decides not to run then he might have a great shot, but I kinda doubt it.

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I personally asked Mel Watt that question

when Artur Davis was in town. I've posted his answer before and will do so again. He likes being a progressive. He gave me a certain, absolute, no ifs ands or buts - "NO". He says to represent this state and everyone in it he would have to move to far to the right and he doesn't want to do that.

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Another thing

Look at everything else he is in charge of.

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That's why it's called "recruiting" : )

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Three suggestions...

1) Jim Hunt

2) Jim Hunt

3) Jim Hunt

That has a sweet sound

I'm late to the conversation, but if you can get Jim Hunt, he's #1. Elaine Marshall would be an excellent choice. And I think she'd be a great North Carolina Senator. Richard Moore would be a good choice for the same reason. Then again, I wouldn't mind seeing Easley run for Senate. He could beat Liddy, too.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Dennis Wicker

Talent, experience,and focus (small business, education & training) that is dormant and should not be.

Dole really was embarrassing

Dole really was embarrassing on MTP. Tim Russert shouldn't have to chastise a sitting senator like a three-year-old to let everyone have their chance to talk.

Would Gov. Hunt run for public office again? That would be my first choice. If not Hunt, what about Roy Cooper?

If everyone else we have mentioned turns it down...

then Jerry and Easley should sit down Perdue and Cooper and let them know it is stupid to both run for Governor. If Beverly Perdue runs for Senate, wins, serves a couple turns, she is still plenty young to run for President or to be someone's VP candidate.

Same for Cooper of course. And, he would be on the perfect tract to get nominated as Attorney General in 2012 by Democrat going into second term. ; )

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BTW...

I was the first to suggest Jim Hunt, so don't take my absence of his name as anything OTHER than complete support.

Might I suggest you print out this page and mail it to Gov. Hunt?

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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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Jeez that came off sounding cocky.

too many things on my mind, I just meant to say
"Yeah, me too."

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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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Since we're discussing candidates...

Jerry, when are you going to run for office (and where can I sign up for the campaign)?

Not a chance

Thanks, but I'm having too much fun working behind the scenes.

We'll give you until the next round.

Figure new Dem governor in 08, terms not up until 2016.
Figure new Dem Senator in 08, two terms not up until 2020.

You have that long to enjoy your life behind the scenes.

: )

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I concur

nt.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

I posted this Wednesday Morning

I say Bev Purdue!!!!!

Tar Heel Democrats are riding a high wave of emotion this morning as Democrats have picked-up seats in the state legislature, state senate, and are sending a Democratic majority to the United States Congress. The victory was hard-fought and a slight rest for the party politicos is well deserved.

Any political junkie will tell you that planning for the next cycle begins the day after the last cycle ended. This morning I began to think of 2008 in the Old North State and came up with an idea I feel needs consideration. In 2008 all state-wide offices will be up for election and first-term Senator Elizabeth Dole, suffering a major defeat last evening as RSCC chair, is up for re-election. Democrats face a situtation where two rising stars desperately want to occupy the Governor's Mansion (Treasurer Richard Moore and Lt. Gov Bev Purdue). This contest promises to be nasty and could divide the party.

My suggestion to state party chair Jerry Meek is to work like hell to get Purdue to run against Dole in the Senate race. Dole is vulnerable and the right person can defeat her. Bev Purdue is that person, she is popular, well groomed and would represent North Carolina well in Washington, while allowing Moore a clear path to the Governor's office. This would prove to be a win-win for the Democratic Party.

I thinkk you are correct but we could reverse it too.

I have met Beverely some time last year and was totally captivated by her. I tink she would make a brilliant Governor. If she were to run for Governer then we could have Moore run against Dole. I really don't all that much about Richard Morre but think he would be a great Senate Candidate.

The dream candidate

Would be Hunt.

I am a Cooper fan also, but it looks like he seems intent on keeping the AG position.

All others on the list are good candidates.

Outside the box

I realize that most of the people above are the same people that Jerry has already considered. If we want to go outside the box:

Elizabeth Edwards: Hillary was Senator after being first lady; why cannot Elizabeth do it while first lady?

Sarah Parker: Having just won the chief justive seat this is probably not the time, but at some point she could move from the judiciary to another elected position.

Meeker: He might be more of a regional star, but he needs something after his term as mayor.

I've been trying to think outside the box...

these were great ideas. I'm glad you thought of them. In the Sarah Parker vein, Patricia Timmons-Goodson would be another possibility. But, again, just elected.

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I like Meeker personally,

I like Meeker personally, but even as a progressive Raleighite, I've been disappointed by his Mayoral record. He sure can check bullet points off his list of "priorities", but his follow-through leaves a lot to be desired. Also, I don't think he has the charisma to win statewide (remember Erskine Bowles...twice?).

I hear Chuck Taylor's looking for work.

OOOOOoooooooh...a good one!

Snark and barf!

Stan Bozarth

He'll kill me for this, but

what about John Atkins. John is one of the finest, smartest and astute business leaders I've ever know. He's a progressive Democrat, through and through, plus he's an architect - a profession dedicated to solving problems.

see

Now we have someone to replace Moore. I like it.

Also, the reason everyone is looking inside the box is that Dole is going to take some serious name ID to defeat. Otherwise the person will spend so much time and money building up ID that it will be almost impossible to get around her lies.

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Bev Perdue for Governor

I've heard Bev Perdue speak about her vision for North Carolina, and would love to see her as our next governor. How about Perdue for Governor and Richard Moore for the Senate?

That's my pick, too.

Bev would be a kick-ass governor. I don't agree with her on several things, but all in all, she would be just what the doctor ordered right now, in my opinion.

Plus, if Moore has bigger ambitions...

his resume would be great for an US AG down the line, same line Ashcroft took.

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I like Hunt

as well.

I have two

I like Hunt as an option. I also have to admit Congressman Etheridge would be a good pick. He's my congressman and is quite good for NC. However, I'd hate to lose him around here.

I'd love to hear more about Etheridge.

I don't know much about him and would like to know more, especially from someone in his district. All I get are third-hand opinions.

More on Etheridge

Etheridge has run a state-wide race and won. He was Superintendent of Public Schools for two terms before becoming our congressman in 1997. He just smashed his opponent for Congress last week with about 66% of the vote. He's rather moderate, but I think that would bode well for him here in NC. He was (and I believe is) a small farmer and works with agricultural issues in the House.

I must admit what I really appreciate about him is how NC-based he is. If you live in his district, you will see him at most major events or just getting lunch somewhere. He lives in NC and commutes to Washington, unlike many (Liddy comes to mind).

I will confess again he's moderate, and some of us may want someone more to the left, but I think he's both honest and willing to listen. He is certainly dedicated and responsive. And, he's a hell of a lot better than the senators we have now. Using both his experience with education and his experience withe agricultural issues, he could really connect with many voters.

I personally do not trust

I personally do not trust Etheridge, not since he sided with Dole on the military commissions bill and voted with republicans to suspend habeas corpus. That for me is an unforgivable vote. What on earth was he thinking?

AKA the torture bill. here is how it broke down in NC:
North Carolina
Nay NC-1 Butterfield, George [D]
Aye NC-2 Etheridge, Bob [D]
Nay NC-3 Jones, Walter [R]
Nay NC-4 Price, David [D]
Aye NC-5 Foxx, Virginia [R]
Aye NC-6 Coble, John [R]
Aye NC-7 McIntyre, Mike [D]
Aye NC-8 Hayes, Robert [R]
Aye NC-9 Myrick, Sue [R]
Aye NC-10 Mchenry, Patrick [R]
Aye NC-11 Taylor, Charles [R]
Nay NC-12 Watt, Melvin [D]
Nay NC-13 Miller, R. [D]

Jerry my vote for what it's worth is Jim Hunt.

Regards,
Max in Raleigh

Dennis Wicker, too

I just saw the Dennis Wicker comment. He's from my neck of the woods too, and I must admit he'd be good.

Ellie Kinnaird

Or David Price for Senate and Ellie for his seat in the House.

I think Ellie would be a perfect opponent for Liddy Dole. I honestly believe she acts from conviction, and she has a knack for connecting with people based on that conviction.

Her stance on the the death penalty moratorium is a perfect example of that -- it's born of conviction and she worked with liberals and religious folks to move forward.

Death penalty moratorium

I wonder if this will be the year. I seem to remember it was passed in the Senate, not in the House, and I haven't heard about it since then.

Much more Democratic House now.

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Hmmmmmm

Harvey Gantt, but I know he would never run again. Hugh McColl because he has enough money to not only self finance, but to finance every Democrat running in the state.

I like the idea of Brad Miller because I'd really like a chance to vote for him for something some day. :)

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Here's my Picks

Jerry, I thik is is great you are asking us "The People" for input. So, here are my picks

1. State Senator Kay Hagen
2. Eleaine Marshall
3. Brad Miller
4. Mell Watts

These are my picks, If I can come up with any more I pass them along.

His Name is Mel Watt

He's my Congressman and he's told me personally he ain't running.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Thanks for asking.

Jerry, I met you last May at the state convention and was Surprised and impressed by how down to earth you are. It is reshing to feel I can actually make a difference and you really want and respect my input. Seeing you post on some of the blogs I read is a kind cool, but asking us for imput on a challenger for Dole is incredible. Thanks for asking us. It really does make me feel empowered and that I do have a choice.

Ken Sunshine

Thanks For Asking, Jerry

I don't think Dole will run. Her performance during this campaign season was abysmal, and with the Senate shakeup, look for Dole's cache to plummet quicker than Bob off the Viagra.

We ought to encourage Virginia Foxx to have a go at the Republican nomination. Run, Ginny, Run!

The suggestions in the comments are good ones, esp. Easley.

I think our best bet will be with a entrepreneurial scientist with a military background. Maybe start cruising the Research Triangle for talent? Successful businessman, forward thinking environmentally or technologically, and competent in matters military - that's a winner.

You might also speak with Southern Dem. She's a natural, and she'd punishLiddy Dole in the debates.

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What we need

Is someone similar to Lamont to run against Foxx. That way we can win, take over her old seat for a cycle, have some fun etc etc.

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My thought-a-tude...

I would be happy if Easley would reitre as well. I am not so sure he in office to do the will of the people. I too wonder when the next land deal news will hit.

But my choice is

JIM HUNT!!

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100 County Strategy

Jerry - One more thing. We can't afford to leave 40+ seats in the NC General Assembly uncontested in '08 like we did this year. This leaves the GOP free to run any wingnut they want and slot them right into the legislature. It also allows them to pick up seats while spending little to no money on them. Maybe they would be forced to run more reasonable people if they will have legitimate competition from us. And having more Democrats on the ballot could help us in other races, up and down the ballot.

We need a 100-County strategy for '08, and a state party committment to recruit and help those candidates in allegedly 'red' areas. Even if that help is just setting up a website, or printing signs, we need to not leave twisting in the wind Democrats who are wiling to step up and run for a time-consuming job that pays about $12,000 per year.

I would have contested a state house seat

If my primary opponent in a county commissioner race hadn't entered the field with 15 minutes left before the filing deadline. My would-be state house opponent, however, spent $70 per vote to win his primary, so it would have been tough to deal with that sort of cash flow. Plus, the future Member of the NC House (Thom Tillis) got rid of John Rhodes, so I'm happy letting him have the seat ;-)

(This is NC House 98, btw)

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Hunt for senate, Cooper for guv

I can't support Wicker. As a former state employee, I have personal experience with his protection of campaign contributors...apparently, environmental regulations do not apply to his buddies in Lee Co.

HUNT for senate. He is an awesome guy and he can/will win. After all, he's served four terms as gov. I like Elaine Marshall for the senate seat too.

COOPER for gov. Sorry, Bev - don't trust the coastal NC power brokers. Cooper has built a nice populist resume as AG and I think he is an attractive candidate.

Cooper's not running.

Notice that he didn't deny a Senate run.

Attorney General Roy Cooper bowed out of a run for governor and plans to seek re-election to a third term, according to a letter he sent to supporters this week.

So, maybe we have hope.

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Elephant in the room?

I'm surprised no one on this particular blog has mentioned an obvious candidate. Since we're thinking outside the box, how 'bout Larry Kissell if he doesn't take the 8th? Taking out a republican incumbent in a lean-republican district (at least for federal races it leans republican) on a shoe-string budget against a multi-millionare is no small feat. Imagine what Larry could do with millions of dollars and a base of support NOT based in the triangle, but with appeal IN the triangle as well as a rural base of support?

Something to think about anyway.

Interesting.

I guess we're all still counting on Larry to be in the US House when he beats Flipper Hayes in the recount.

I thought about this as well, but didn't want to jinx it.

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That came up when we were reading this post in Biscoe today

Unless you guys can line up $1,000,000 before he signs up, I don't think Larry will be running for Senate any time soon. The last time Dole was up, it was one of the most expensive Senate races ever.

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Elaine Marshall or Bev Purdue

Elaine Marshall or Bev Purdue would probably be my first choices but I'd have to give it some more thought. I think either could win. I also think Hunt would be a great choice but find it unlikely he'd run.

BTW, it was nice meeting you, Jerry, at the recent NCDP Victory party and we so appreciate your work to reach out to the netroots and grassroots.

Thanks again to your staff for providing internet access for us!

Amy Goodale

Outside the Box...

Since all my first and second tier choices have been mentioned in this thread so far, I'll try to think outside the box...
How about Easley...no not him, her...Mary! :-) Everytime I've seen her on TV, I've been impressed with her. Anyone think of her yet?

Moore for Senate, Perdue for Gov

Up to now I'd have said Moore for Governor but I think he would be good against Dole and in the Senate. Moore and Perdue should not be allowed to beat each other up in a Primary for Governor. Either would be an excellent Governor or Senator.

I now think Moore is better suited for the Senate seat. Moore has, and apparently likes, a national audience and could raise a lot of money to run against Dole (or anyone else).

Bev Perdue is a good-old-boy with a knack for the nitty-gritty of State politics and has pushed ahead with some initiatives like rural connectivity and virtual schools.

Despite her recent mis-steps with national fundraising Dole could raise a lot of money for herself very easily and use it to trash any opponent. Hunt and Easley may not want to subject themselves to a nasty campaign but neither would Dole if any good candidate was identified early on and raised money for a large war chest to keep her at bay.

I think Jim Hunt would be honored but would decline in order to continue his other interests in peace. I think Mike Easley may wait too long to make a decision and should declare his intentions early on so as not to make it complicated for others.

I think Roy Cooper is doing a great job as AG and should remain for a while.

as they say

thats the crux of the argument

Moore has, and apparently likes, a national audience and could raise a lot of money to run against Dole (or anyone else).

Bev Perdue is a good-old-boy with a knack for the nitty-gritty of State politics and has pushed ahead with some initiatives like rural connectivity and virtual schools.

Does anyone know if Moore has officially declared for Governor or not? I would like to avoid him having to say he is backing off one for the other. Not that that would be a huge deal if it was done early enough.

Besides, I think that if Moore decided to run for Senate instead both he and Perdue would get well over 50% of the vote in their primaries no matter how many others signed on.

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As far as I know

Moore has not formally announced.

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The pecking order, NOT

Why not skip the "usual suspects" and create a candidacy from new blood?

Yeah, most of the folks mentioned here have the traditional fund-raising muscle to pull together a campaign, but they're part of a pecking order that's not quite respected plus vulnerable to criticism of the current Dem power structure (the same folks that switched so easily from vermin to purdue, the folks running interference for black, etc.)

Do something exciting and right and promote a candidate outside the pecking order....

CitizenWill
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I think WillR is on to something here

Jim Hunt would be hard to beat regardless of who the GOP puts up, but why NOT someone new? The netroots made a big difference this cycle and got a number of people elected in races that the CW said were hopeless. Change is good and it's time to help it along.

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only UNPATRIOTIC and servile, but it is morally treasonable to the American public.

Politicians are like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons.

Cultivate for '10

in '08 I think we need to stick with someone who already has some name recognition. I know that sounds all conventional wisdomy. It isn't too early to look at folks we want to cultivate to run against Burr.

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definetly

For an outsider to beat Burr is going to take at least 3 years, if not more.

(and yes it will take off-year fundraising while other candidates are starving)

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It's all in how and when you do it

and whether you suck all the oxygen out of the room at the time. :)

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SouthernDem, time to wag our "long tail"...

SouthernDem, don't break my heart... We've got the power of the "long tail" to build-up a slate of candidates that have limited or no "traditional" name recognition.

I like the idea of pulling from a pool of educational leaders - folks with recognized talents and predispositions - that maybe our unknown outside their communities.

I like Ross, Janet Cowell, etc. What about next-gen candidates in the mold of Watt and Clayton? They're out there, let's talk about how the netroots can recruit them...

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i only have one problem

Senator Cowell and Rep. Ross currently represent my mom, and will represent me again when I change my registration back. So as long as they continue representing me in some form you can grab them for whatever.

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Ok, here's a name with clout

Dan Blue. Very well known in NC, has a large base already existing, well respected, and tapped to clean up the NC legislature. He already knows how the game works and knows how to work with people and get things done. I think he would have BROAD support in NC and would be a natural in the US Senate.

And if we're looking to cultivate someone that can take out Burr after that, how about Erin Kuczmarski? She was in the State Legislature in 92-94 and worked with Brad Miller. (Yea Brad!) She is on the Raleigh City Planning Commission right now. She's a progressive, and VERY PROFESSIONAL.

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only UNPATRIOTIC and servile, but it is morally treasonable to the American public.

Politicians are like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons.

Some Outsiders

I'd love to see Governor Hunt run, because he's one of my all-time favorite politicians. But, I can see one downside: He may not hold the seat for more than one term because of his age. Wouldn't it be nice to have someone who could spend a few terms in the Senate and accrue some power for NC?

Most of yesterday my mind was working on thinking of outiders. In particular, it occured to me that the conversation above only mentioned one person of color (Mel Watt). Here are some possibilities:
-Cynthia Brown. I voted for her in the 2002 primary, and I'd love to do so again.
-Stick Williams. Successful business person, former chair of the UNC Board of Governors.
-Wiliam Barber. ED of the NC NAACP. If you haven't heard him speak, you need to.
- Tom Ross. Former judge and current head of the Z Smith Reynolds foundation. See an interview with him about current issues facing the South here.
-Deborah Ross. I think she's a real up-and-comer in the state house.

Great ideas, Graig.

I know Stick Williams and Deborah Ross - and both would be impressive candidates for the US Senate.

i like it

I wonder if this Stick Williams guy isnt the person to take a few years building up name ID and money to beat Burr. Unless he can raise one to 5 million in the next year, in which case he might be an outsider choice to beat Dole.

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"Keep the Faith"

Stick can rasie some dough

Isn't that a requirement for being chair of the UNC Board of Governors? Just think about the fundraising network that would give him to tap into. Professionally, he's a VP at Duke Energy, connecting him with a whole sector that gives tons to politicians already. Of course, I know many progressives would be weary of someone with such a strong connection to the energy industry. As a side note, Stick's wife was elected to the school board when they lived in Chapel Hill, but I don't know if he ever considered running for office.

Here's another possibility: Howard Lee. Plenty of name recognition and a proven ability to raise money.

Stick

could raise $5 million in a heartbeat.

He was a friend of mine here in Chapel Hill and generally managed to walk the delicate line between left and right and green and red. He was president (or whatever) of the Chapel Hill Chamber, which means most of the strong progressives around these parts would find him hard to take. I personally thought he was pretty reasonable . . . and definitely smart.

The Duke Energy gig would cut both ways. He knows how the bidness works, which would be a plus. But he might have drunk too much of their Koolaid. That would be my big question. After years of telling the DE story, he may have convinced himself that it's "the truth." I think not, though. As a black man in a corporate world, he's probably got a pretty good sense of who's patronizing whom and how the politics works.

Interesting thought.

Here's a bio.

two things

North Carolina is still a little southern. A Black politician is going to need to be pro business to overcome any lingering stereotypes. Also, are people in Chapel Hill going to choose Dole over him? Yeah right. I think that Heath has proved that a Democrat can take some conservative stands and not upset the base so long as his overarching theme and beliefs are progressive.

Look at Webb, Casey etc. Its not about guns or abortion. Its the economy stupid.

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"Keep the Faith"

I just had a really outside the box thought!

If we are thinking way outside the box, how about multi-millionaire Nido Qubein. He is currently President of High Point University, and has raised $80 million in the last two years for renovations to the Campus. He is a true success story coming to America as a teenager with $50 in his pocket; he is now one of the most successful business leaders in NC if not the country. Because of his deep pockets, he could self finance the campaign, and his rags to riches story, make him perfect.

Small problem

He's registered Republican in Guilford County.

Reported political contributions:

02/02/2004 $1,000
Ballantine, Patrick

09/24/2002 $250
Hagan, Kay (D)

5/16/2002 $2,000
Dole, Elizabeth

5/31/2002 ($1,000)(refund)
Dole, Elizabeth

6/11/2002 $1,000
Britt, Robin (D)

10/21/2003 $2,000
Bush, George W

Burn him!

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Just what we need

The Puppetmaster's evil twin! Those were all old, but still. Anyone who EVER gave money to George Bush needs to have his head examined.

I wasn't sure of his political leanings

Thats why I made the post. I knew somebody would have the skinny on him.
He has giving money to some Dem's, maybe we can get him to jump shiip ;)

Did someone suggest

Bill Friday already?

D.G. Martin, Charlie Rose, Charlie Gaddy?

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Charlie Gaddy?

I had to do a Google search on this name, as I'd never heard of him. What I read about him makes him seem to be a pretty down-to-earth guy, but I don't think anyone outside of the Raleigh area would even have a clue as to who he is. Also, he would be 77 years old in 2008, probably somewhat too old to run. He'd be 83 at the end of his first term.

I'm Bloo through and through.

I'm Bloo through and through.

Mr. Friday.

People have been wanting Bill Friday to run for office forever. He's a wonderful guy . . . and he's probably said "No" more than any single person, with the possible exception Dean Smith.

No doubt! :)

Mr. Friday has a great thing going right now. I wouldn't touch politics if I were him, either.

So if we're taking it out of the box, let's have a look out of the room, too. I don't know this dude, but my mad googly skills turned up a guy named John R. Alexander, CEO of the Center for Creative Leadership in G'boro and the only registered voter by that name in the SBOE list in Guilford is a D. ??? Anybody know of Mr. Alexander?

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Spent the evening

asking my voting but non-politically involved middle-classer friends and associates this question. I went through the top names. Most didn't get more than a "meh" ... until I got to Mike Easley. That drew some excited "oh, yeah" responses.

For a sense of just how politically UN-involved my crowd is, of about eight people, ~half didn't know who Bev Perdue was and one person knew who Richard Moore was and that's only because she works for the state.

I know ... nobody knew who the heck Jim Webb was six months ago either, so big whoop. Just thought the info would be interesting.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

eh

They are both polling high enough that its no big worry for me.

Did you ask about Hunt?

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Yep, all the top names

we've mentioned were on my list.

I don't really think my little phone poll means anyting significant. It was just a fun thing for me. I was surprised by the answers I got, though.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Jim Hunt

From a historical perspective, Gov. Hunt would be great, but I, too, worry that he'd only be able to give one term. I'd rather take a long view and see someone (like Cooper)who is young enough and already has enough name recognition to make a good showing. If I'm not going to get to vote for Cooper for Governor, I want to vote for him for Senator. I want a chance to vote for him for something.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

No Lotto Love for Mike

I understand the lure of a "named" candidate but please not Lotto Mike.

At some point the netroots are going to have to have the "faith", so to speak, to step outside tradition. We've already seen how online organization can act as an "assist" to campaigns with candidates chosen by "traditional" means.

2008 and RobertP's 100 county initiative could be the next step in the process. The netroots could help find candidates, vet them, start to build buzz and infrastructure around them and, like the last two cycles, bring home the sale.

Yeah, most folks won't be consuming their politics online for years to come, but that doesn't stop the netroots acting as a initiator and catalyst for more traditional means of electing folks.

Why worry about it now? To unleash the power of the "long tail" you need plenty of time.

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

Watching you watching me

I don't suppose anybody saw this in today's News & Observer?

Blogging for a candidate

Using the Web log at bluenc.com, State Democratic Chairman Jerry Meek recently asked Democrats for suggestions on whom he should recruit to run against Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole in 2008. Here are some suggestions Meek received.

and full story by Rob Christensen:

Dems hunt Web for Dole challenger
State leader trolls for names online

Ooo OOo pick me Pick me!

I did...

Am I the only one that thought the Dole response was asinine?

"Regarding [Meek's] concern about whether Elizabeth Dole is going to run or not, she is going to run and never thought otherwise. She will take on all comers. America is a great country."

Thomas S. Brock
www.brocknet.net
www.brocknet.net/WordPress/

OnslowCountyPolitics@gmail.com
http://onslowcountypolitics.brocknet.net

Thomas

What have YOU done today to make the world a better place?

I think assinine

is the standard by which the senior senator operates.

Bob Etheridge!

Bob Etheridge won his congressional race by a bigger margin than David Price or Brad Miller, even though Etheridge's district is mostly rural, and includes much of the Fayetteville area! To elect a U.S. Senator, we'll have to get the support of these folks!
Etheridge is smart, honest, and very personable. He is like a wise and kind father. Yes, he's moderate, not liberal. But let's get real; this is North Carolina, not Massachusetts. Our choices for U.S. Senators are moderate Democrats like John Edwards, or right wing . . . persons . . . like Richard Burr, Elizabeth Dole, Jesse Helms, John East, etc.
Remember, there is ONLY ONE PROPER CRITERION IN CHOOSING A SENATORIAL CANDIDATE:
WHO CAN BEAT THE REPUBLICAN?

yup

WHO CAN BEAT THE REPUBLICAN?

Well Said.

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Charlie Gaddy

Actually there is a street named after him in Cary. You can check him out in two days when he's on WRAL for a 50 year reunion newscast Friday at 6pm. Read about it at:
Longtime WRAL News Anchors To Host Reunion Newscast

Carmen Hooker Odom

How about Carmen Hooker-Odom, Secretary of Health and Human Services? I don't know a whole lot about her, but I do know she is very charismatic, strong, intelligent, articulate, and knowledgeable about health care and government.

GREAT suggestion

I knew her back when her late husband was shaking things up at UNC. She was fantastic way back then. I don't know if she's kept out of trouble through the years, but I'll bet she has.

Very good suggestion. Excellent.

Why not Heath?

I'm very surprised there's no mention on here of Heath Shuler. Certainly not unheard of for a freshman Congressman to run for Senate, and he's proven he can win in a red district, so why not a reddish state? Only downside is probably we give the 11th back to the (R)s, but the Senate seat has to be more important, no?

Off the wall -- how about JT coming back home to Carolina? Or did you know that KC (of the Sunshine Band) lives in Chapel Hill? Seems to me that serious policy wonks aren't going to win this race (or Erskine would have!) - we need a rock star!

-J

Heath

No offense to Heath, but he's not ready for big time.

Heath Shuler

I believe Heath has a bright future in politics, but give the man a chance to establish himself in Congress. He will get along well there. For the immediate, however, I have to go with Jim Hunt. Two eight-year stints in the Governor's Mansion, and he could have been governor for life. He is truly one of the all-time great Tar Heel statesmen.

Hunt's Age

A few people have expressed reservations about Hunt because he may only be able to serve one term. Those points are well taken, but getting a Democrat in the seat in the first place is well over half the battle. It would make things much easier for those who come later. Not to mention, one Senate term is nothing to sneeze at. This is half a decade we're talking about here.

Great names and comments by all. Let me also thank Jerry for posing this question here. Super move. Also, kudos to BlueNC. This is a great thing you have built here, and I consider myself proud to be a regular visitor.

And Heath Shuler again

Exactly my point. By 2014, Shuler should be completing his fourth term in the House of Representatives by this plan. At that point, with his charisma, he should have established himself as a rising star, and that may be the optimum time for him to step in as the beloved Guv-nah retires to Democrat Heaven.

Well if you're going off the wall...

What about #23?

-B

#23

Here's what. He's never taken a stand on any social/political issues.

and he lives in the Chi, and that's where his empire is

maybe we could steal some of those Okafor in '04 signs from the Bobcats and change it to '08 ...

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines

We'd be sorry to lose him as mayor, but he would be terrific in any role. My only concern for him as a Senate candidate would be how well he is known outside of the Triad, but his record in Winston-Salem is exemplary.

That's really intriguing . .

That's really intriguing . . . I'm from Winston-Salem, and I really dig Allen Joines. The last I spoke to him about it, he told me that he'd considered a congressional run in the 5th, but had rejected the prospect because of poor name recognition. You really think he should go for Dole/ the open seat?

Expand the search

I would highly recommend Anne Batchelder of Asheville, NC. She is extremely intelligent, possesses a magnificent sense of organization, is extremely ethical, and has many contacts in the NC arts world, which is a field that touches many North Carolinians directly or indirectly.

Start Recruiting Stick Williams NOW

Of the non-politicos that have been mentioned, Stick Williams' bio stands far above the rest.

Look at this:

Richard Tyrone "Stick" Williams ’75

As a boy in Greensboro, Richard Tyrone Williams ’75 earned the nickname “Stick” for being one of the best hitters in sandlot baseball. He’s a little surprised it has stayed with him this long. But even as a corporate officer of Duke Energy, even as chair of Carolina’s Board of Visitors, of the General Alumni Association and now of the Board of Trustees, people have felt comfortable calling him Stick.

But then, Stick is a man who makes people comfortable. Before you know it, you’re telling him all sorts of things. He’s smiling encouragement and listening intently, and you’re realizing how much you like him.

If you point this out to Stick, you’ll get another smile.

“Most of my career I’ve been kind of a reluctant leader,” he says. “But I’ve always been very good at influencing people and being personable. As a result of those traits, folks just found it easy to follow me. I never have the sense that I’m an expert at anything. I always pick the brains of other people about what would make us successful. If you are interested in people, they will absolutely tell you the world.”

Stick’s life is a great “University of the People” story. As a fellow trustee puts it, Stick Williams wasn’t someone born on third base who thought he hit a triple. Stick Williams was born in the Ray Warren Homes housing project, one of three sons of a single mom.

But as we’ve said, Stick was a guy who could find his way around the bases if you just let him into the batter’s box.

He came to Carolina on an academic scholarship, but his real plan was to major in football. He finagled permission to live in Ehringhaus dorm with the scholarship players. With a teenager’s naivete, he figured professional football would earn him a fine living. His freshman season, he tore up his knee. Football was over.

Now with three decades worth of perspective on that misfortune, Stick says, “It was the best thing that has ever happened to me. And the most painful thing.”

The ache of the slowly healing knee sharpened Stick’s focus on his academic talent—and on the academic opportunity at Carolina he might have let slip past. He studied hard and passed the CPA exam on his first try, and his Carolina degree opened the door to his career with Duke Energy. He’s made practically a second career of serving his alma mater.

These past years Stick has led Carolina’s Board of Trustees as it has wrestled with tough personnel decisions, with raising tuition, and with finding money to build top-notch buildings and labs. He guided himself and the board through each decision by asking what would raise Carolina’s standing as a leading public university.

And Stick Williams is this University’s first African American to chair the trustees. It’s not something he’s talked much about. But it’s been on his mind the whole time.

“I have vivid memories about folks being pushed around by fire hoses, attacked by dogs and clubbed by policemen,” during the civil rights movement, he says. “And it is clear to me that they were willing to do that for me; they were never going to have opportunities like being a student at UNC or being chair of the board of trustees. It’s been a very short period of time since black students have even been welcome at the University. But now, one of the premier universities in the nation has a black chairman of the board of trustees.”

And that is the legacy both of Carolina and of one of its heaviest hitters. No wonder the nickname sticks.

Think you could make some good campaign ads for that? Yeah, I'd say so. Intelligent. Successful. Self-Made.

Meet your next U.S. Senator, North Carolina!

A great guy and a true-blue Dem

Tom McGannon is president and CEO of Chemtex in Wilmington. He's a totally righteous guy, very perspicaceous, on the right side of the issues, and very well spoken. He could easily take on the hypocrisy of our current Republican Senator.

Assistant attorney general with the state

Elizabeth Oxley is a brilliant assistant AG in Raleigh. She's worked behind the scenes for years, but I believe she has the ability and skills to be a very strong voice for Dem issues throughout the state and in DC.

ELIZABETH EDWARDS

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Mayor of Kill Devil Hills

I would suggest looking at Chuck Ball, the current Mayor of Kill Devil Hills. He is well liked by those who know him and would be a good challenger to Dole or any other Republican.

Roy Cooper is the smartest choice

Put aside for the moment the fact that he's said he's running for re-election as AG in '08.

He's young(ish), he's telegenic, he's proven he can win statewide, and he was smart enough to get out of the way of the upcoming Perdue vs. Moore battle in the governor's race. He also seems like a genuinely good guy, and he's let the section heads in the AG's office pretty much run their own ships.

I love Jim Hunt, Dean Smith and Bill Friday, but they'd never run and they're probably getting a little long in the tooth anyway.

Roy Cooper for Senate.

PS -- A few other thoughts. I respect Elaine Marshall tremendously, but she isn't the most dynamic candidate out there. Brad Miller or Mel Watt statewide? I'd be proud to try but I don't think they are our best shots at winning in '08.

Roy Cooper

The fact that he isn't running is the one thing that makes me wonder if there is a silent campaign coming from Easley or Hunt.

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-me

Howard Lee

As long as we are still suggesting names how about Howard N. Lee?

Utilities Commissioner

Board of Education Chair

Jim Hunt

Jim Hunt could run for any office in North Carolina and have a very good chance of winning. He served two eight-year terms as governor and could have been governor for life. He is one of the all-time great Tar Heel statesmen, and I would definitely work his campaign out here in the west!

Have you spoken with Colon

Have you spoken with Colon Willoughby, the District Attorney in Raleigh. He is a smart, attractive politically savvy individual who doesn't have some of the baggage of these other people, and has shown that he can keep his nose impeccably clean for many years.

Is Liddy really running?

Let's face it, Sen. Dole will be tough to beat, but is she really running? I believe that after the election loss; the GOP leadership will relegate her to such a level that she will find no reason to be in Washington. If she does, however, decide to stay then I believe that it will take a woman to beat a woman. I.E. Last week's elections: Washington State, Michigan, Missouri...It's just difficult for a man to beat a woman in a statewide election of this magnitude. Therefore, if she runs, I would hope that our best choices would be:
1. Bev Purdue (unless Bev wanted to run against Walter Jones which wouldn't hurt my feelings either, she does reside in his district.)
2. Elaine Marshall

This would allow Moore to run for Governor and also Roy Cooper in 2010 against Sen. Burr? Is in one seeing that as a possibility?

I'm also a little surprised no one has mentioned Congressman Mike McIntyre who won re-election last week with roughly 75% of the vote. He is a moderate, that much is certain, however, he would be great for North Carolina, and he would serve our state with integrity the way he has served the 7th district over the past decade.

Good points

I agree with you about a woman running against her if she runs, but there are more and more rumors that she won't. Maybe it's health reasons, maybe it's just being tired of being beat up for doing a crappy job. Who knows, but that doesn't stop the rumor mill.

I think she's beatable. She hasn't been in North Carolina at all over the past four years and doesn't want to start now. Plus she's been miserable in her Senate leadership role (and got bumped out of that role today).

Purdue and Moore look like they're going at it for Gov, sadly.

As I have outlined at A Raw Dole

the subtle hints are that Katherine Harris Elizabeth Dole is getting thrown under the bus.

Don't be surprised if her only committee spots are on the DC Pothole Subcommittee of the DC Committee on Doing Nothing

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Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

We could win with Dean Smith

I love Jim Hunt but a powerful candidate could be Dean Smith.

any of these options

would be good:

Jim Hunt; if my mind serves me correctly, he was Governor of NC for only 3 terms since there was a one term limit on governor till he was re-elected the second time?

Richard Moore: has done a great job as State Treasurer

Dean Smith: would he consider?

Roy Cooper: Great Attorney General

Elaine Marshall: Great Woman

Leave Beverly Perdue as Gubanatorial candidate

I'll buy that.

Brad Miller

I'm surprised how little support there is for Brad. The reason I think he would be good is that Vernon threw every ugly accusation he could at him, and none of it stuck. Indys voted for him in his district. Add the 4th District, which was forced to watch the commercials to his strong support list, and you are well on your way to a state-wide movement.

He could do it if he started now and organized, oh I don't know, maybe in, well, 100 Counties.

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Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I know I'd pick Brad Miller

In a heart-beat! He has done so much for all of us here in NC and all of America. He would be my #1 pick! BRAD MILLER FOR SENATOR!

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

I'll be clear about Rep. Miller

Not being from his district, I don't really know all the bills he has worked on for the state and country. He seems like a nice fella and I know people here support him and I can support the things I've seen on his website.

I go back to what I said earlier, as my reason for thinking he might have a shot at Elizabeth Dole. He's been through the ringer. Vernon ran as negative a campaign as you could possibly have and voters didn't buy it. I mean look at those results:

US CONGRESS DISTRICT 13
Name on Ballot Party Ballot Count
Brad Miller DEM 97,086
Vernon Robinson REP 55,423

Even with it being a wave year, that is a butt-whooping for a race where the challenger spent so much money.

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Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Thoughts Over Coffee

Mike Cross- Attorney and Artist
Hugh Shelton - retired General
Charlie Rhodes- Journalist
Lewis Black- Comedian (Calling It Like It Is!)

Lesser Know but Strong Candidate and I think could be convinced to run;
Mike Woodard. I think he would fit the standard for a strong fiscally consevative, socially just candidate and would appeal to North Carolinians.

Mike Woodard
City Council member (Ward 3)for the City of Durham

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Administrator, Duke University and Health System
Education:
Duke University, A.B. in Economics and Political Science
Duke University, Certificate in Non-Profit Studies
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Legislative Committee
American Center for the Performing Arts Committee
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Good ideas, Troy.

I'll add them to The List over the weekend.

Welcome and thanks for chiming in!

Is Lewis Black from NC?

I'd vote for him in a heartbeat!

I'm Bloo through and through.

I'm Bloo through and through.

He's moving to Chapel Hill this year.

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Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Hugh Shelton

Absolutely. Never thought of him.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

I'd LOVE to see...

a 100-county strategy! (that's about our only hope out my way)

I like Jim Hunt to run against Dole.

Also, Dan Papadopoulis would be a terrific candidate. We tried to get him to run out here for 10th District Congress, but I think this race would be a better match for him. He's well known in his community, as well as in D.C.! He already has some backers from considering the other run. He's highly intelligent and charismatic, and a strong Democrat.

Prospective Candidates

As for Jim Hunt, I hand't heard his name tossed about . . . won't he be 71 by 2008? I think that Richard Moore might be a wise choice (once he loses the gubernatorial primary) . . . I'm weighing him against Etheridge right now . . .definately prettier, and a solid record, but would he be too reminiscent of John Edwards? And with respect to Easley, doesn't he refuse to run?

2 Suggestions One Serious one not so...

Serious Suggestion: General Shelton

Not so: Michael Jordan

Shelton

I was pretty sure he was a Republican?

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Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Shelton Supported Edwards

at least according to this.

He was not a supporter of Wes Clark, but I always heard that was professional jealousy.

He's never actually said his

He's never actually said his affiliation if any to my knowledge. He did commercials for Erskine and was on an advisory committee for Senator Edwards I believe.

Hugh Shelton on Human Rights Issue

Click link below to read letter sent to McCain from Shelton.

http://www.humanrightsfirst.info/pdf/06920-etn-shelton-ltr-mccain-ca3.pdf

Consider Keith Holliday

I love Brad Miller as my congressman but I still seriously doubt his ability to appeal to voters in the more conservative areas without appearing to move right. I think Greensboro Mayor Keith Holliday has a shot at across the board appeal. As a mayor he is insulated from potentially labeling votes on the congress floor. This being the case he has complete control over the image he wants to showcase. He is also from the banking sector he could make fiscal responsibility his personal slogan, not to mention the funds he could amass being a bank president. Then there is the telegentic appeal and a record of promoting transportation and biking lanes in greensboro. We is not very well known outside the triad but some very well placed events to introduce the state to Holliday could definitely fix this problem. He is well worth considering.