I just got back from a day of church and visiting folks, and wanted to say hello before the week gets started again.
I'm traveling quite a bit around the district now, meeting new and old friends, bringing our message of hope straight to the people of the 8th District. Just yesterday, our team had a wonderful time at the Peach Festival. Tina and I got to walk in the parade beforehand, and the response was just inspiring.
I'm sorry my opponent couldn't attend, but as DC's House Race Hotline reports, we have him on the run now, hiding his association with President Bush.
NORTH CAROLINA 08 (R/CONCORD -- Hayes)
Beating Around The Bush
Rep. Robin Hayes' (R) was absent at a 7/4 Ft. Bragg event with Pres. Bush. Bush "has campaigned with Hayes extensively over the past six years and Hayes has supported" Bush's "programs like CAFTA and voted for" his agenda 90% of the time. Teacher Larry Kissell (D): "When it helped him, Robin was publicly at the President's side, but the second that the Bush policies come under attack, Hayes heads for the hills. If that's not a fair-weather friend I don't know what is." However, Hayes did say he "met privately with the President" after the 7/4 event (Troy Post, 7/11).
Our campaign is on the move, making great inroads around the district, including right in my opponent's backyard, with the focus of the entire nation on this bellwether seat. As you all well know, we had quite the 11th hour rally in the final day of the reporting period thanks to the on-line communities graciously recognizing our efforts with a Netroots endorsement. I'm most grateful for all the support and attention. We have now had more than a thousand contributions.
As a history teacher, the way folks are rallying behind my campaign reminds me of how in the spring of 1775 ordinary people, mostly farmers called Minutemen, answered a call to arms. They courageously stood together in the town of Concord, Massachusetts against thousands of British soldiers, and successfully turned them back to Boston. Although many years of tough fighting and terrible sacrifice lay ahead, these brave souls kept at it against overwhelming odds because they had a vision of the grand nation they wanted for their future and for generations to come.
And you know, the Netroots are a lot like those early patriots that turned back the attacking Redcoats and forged a new democracy. And as an active, engaged member of the vibrant on-line communities that make up the Netroots, I don't need to tell you that the 'Redcoats' will be coming for us in this campaign. I hope you'll continue to stand with me as we see our important vision for America through to November victory and beyond.
The next thing I need each and every one of you to do is save the date of August 5th and plan on joining me at a statewide rally in Raleigh for our campaign. The tickets are only $20 and go to a great cause.
Kissell Down Home BBQ
Saturday, August 5th
6:00 PM until
Kerr Scott Building, State Fairgrounds
Call 877-4 KISSELL (454-7735) or e-mail email@example.com for tickets and details.
I need you, your family and all your friends from Murphy to Manteo with us on August 5th to show the rest of the nation how seriously all of us good folks in North Carolina take turning our state back to blue. The people of the 8 th District want change, but they can't do it alone. We've been hit hard by the bad trade deals and mismanagement of a Republican-led Congress, and they need you to join our fight for what's right. I know you will.
Thank you all for answering the call to arms.
Democratic Nominee for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District
Someone Working...For a Change