BlueNC kicked off 2008 with a live blog with Larry Kissell. Almost one year later to the day, Larry Kissell will be sworn in as a United States congressman. After three long years and a lot of hard work we all helped Larry Kissell make it to Washington. Less than a week after his live blog at BlueNC, SEIU announced polling results showing Larry Kissell ahead of Robin Hayes in the polls.
January also brought the Iowa caucuses where most of us were still supporting John Edwards and where Sam Spencer had been working hard for presidential candidate, Senator Joe Biden. Roxane wrote the first diary of the year on Elizabeth Dole and her support of a movement to allow concealed weapons in our national parks.
Also in January we discovered that Frank Eaton has a way with the word "sexy" but I haven't had a chance to try that one out.
During week two DrFrankLives put Lt. Gov. Perdue and Treasurer Moore in time out and demanded they grow up. Later in the year we certainly wished they had listened. The Perdue/Moore campaign wasn't the only race heating up. U.S. Senate candidate Jim Neal had set up office and was giving interviews. Also that week, Robert P. filled us in on how he got an @JohnEdwards.com email addy. Pssst, it was through good old fashioned grassroots hard work.
Another man who isn't afraid of hard work is Marshall Adame. Marshall gave up his job and came home to NC to run for Congress. He stopped by BlueNC on the way. Later in the campaign Marshall weathered attacks by Blackwater's VP.
LiberalNC, one of the few Obama supporters (in January, that is) spoke up often and even annoyed all the John Edwards supporters periodically. Imagine that! However, he brought us news of the campaign. Later in the year, LiberalNC was sworn in as a citizen on the same day that Barack Obama accepted the nomination to run for president. How fitting is that?
John Edwards supporters started a national campaign to raise $7 million dollars in one day. Robert P. was angry about the John Edwards media blackout. I guess the National Enquirer took care of that.
January brought big news when James Protzman pitched and landed a virtual debate between Bev Perdue and Richard Moore. In the meantime the candidates for Lt. Governor were debating each other in person.
Rounding out the month, Senator Barack Obama won the South Carolina primary by a land slide and LiberalNC just couldn't wait to rub it in. :D
By the end of the month, another big announcement was made by James. The idea of a BlueNC Barbeque Bash was floated and we were looking for volunteers, candidates and folks to come to the party.
It's hard to imagine looking back on this list that all of this happened in one month. I'm exhausted just reviewing the diaries. You wouldn't believe what I left out! I wonder how many candidates will attend this year's bash?