Expanding Our Targets

We have already discussed on our site how the Democrats have a deep bench to compete for statewide elected offices in '08, who is going to take out the weakened Do-Nothing Dole on the left, how we want to have a 100 county strategy in North Carolina, and that Larry Kissell is running again to replace Flip-Floppin' Robin. The only void left to fill in keeping broad pressure on Republicans is finding good candidates in the other Congressional districts.

The biggest target has to be NC-5, where an underfunded candidate surged late to give Virginia Foxx fits (although to be fair, she caused most of the problems herself). Even hardcore, loyal Republicans from her district do not have anything good to say about her other than the fact that she is a Republican. I wonder if that if that draw decreases now that the Republicans are out of the majority, but either way we will have a demotivated opponent if we could find a candidate that could excite our base. I do not know enough about the area to comment on particular candidates, but it seems to be the best district to start recruiting a viable candidate in.

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Another "depressed Dem area" is

NC52, good ole' Moore county. Now that the puppet machine has hand picked and placed the hairdresser in a position of...(cough)...power here, I'll be watching and reporting on all the wonderful pork he brings home. Gerald Galloway is a good man and should have won, but money talks....that is here in the retirement/golf mecca anyway.

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

You betcha.

Money talks everywhere, and the Hairdresser's 8x11 full color mailers to every voter in the county along with the robo-calls featuring his teenage daughter asking people to "vote for my daddy" certainly cost a pretty penny. I'm not sure how much of that money came from Moore County, ifykwim. Galloway should have won - he was obviously the best candidate: more in touch with reality, more in touch with people, and definitely more human. My hope is that he'll re-register as Democrat and run against Coble in 08.

Both of the Dem candidates we had running had better showings than Galloway did. Rory Blake ran against Howard Coble (NC-06), and didn't win, but took 35% of the vote in Moore County, which turned out to be the bluest county in the District 6 (Go us!) Only Guilford Co. had a higher plurality than we did, but their percentage was lower.

What's good about getting higher percentages and still not winning? Progress. Just wait till 08, baby. See if we don't take 51%.

There are opportunities all over the county, all over the district, all over the state, for Democrats to be visible and get newspaper space/airtime without it costing an arm and a leg. We need to keep the energy up, the adrenaline flowing, and act as if the election is next month, not two years from now.

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This was my reaction

to Dean stating that we had to defend our gains from '06: the best defense is a good offense.

retiring or changing office

If Coble retires or Myrick runs for Senate, then those would become good races on which to focus. I think Virginia fox is in the 5th, right?

In the legislature, I think we need to find some progressives who are considering running, and get them here early. It seems we already have some progressives blogging here, maybe we just need to push them into running!

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

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yup

Its NC-05. Also, isnt Sharpe running again? Or was that just the hope and prayer or Stormbear?

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"Keep the Faith"

Yes NC-5, sorry

Thanks. I missed breakfast this morning.

As far as candidates running again, I am against it unless there were extrenuating circumstances, such as a virtual tie. The general trend is that the candidate runs close once and then get blown out the second time.

uhhh

Im not so sure about that. There are quite a few candidates who lost in 04 and won in 06. Granted there were some things like Abramoff and general wave effects to help, but still.

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"Keep the Faith"

NC-06

Coble is in the 6th, and should be ready to retire, but I don't think he will. He's got a good gig. He doesn't have to do too much, doesn't have to say too much, and every two years tours the district and waves at folks. I've made no secret of how I feel about him - he needs to go. It's way past time.

Rory Blake was a good candidate - he had great ideas, and was quite charismatic. However, he got very little support from the Party infrastructure. I would like to have more assurance from the district and the state that the candidates we are working so hard for will be supported by the Party.

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

State office

I bet that almost everyon on this site knows someone who could run for the state house or state senate. We just need to encourage them to run. The biggest part of running in every county is running for state house and senate seats. And unlike governor, that is something the people on this site can be successful in recruiting for.

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"Keep the Faith"

How much closer

Was the 5th in 2006 vs. in 2004? Subtract the wave effect. Do we have a real shot?

If so, Forsyth County should be a candidate for the 100c campaign here. Nearly half of the precincts are unorganized by the local party.

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good question.

my outsider understanding is that this district is more highly registered Rep than others in NC.

Still, people like virginia Foxx have to be challenged or else they can continue to spew right-wing hatred without accounting for it.

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Roger Sharpe and the NC-05

I just wanted to chime in here a bit.

As many of you know, I worked a lot on the Sharpe campaign this year. So there is my full disclosure. That said, here are a few reasons why I believe Roger should run again.

First, there is time. Roger came into the race late. His campaign wasn't even fully organized until well after Labor Day. There was no help anywhere to be found. It was three or four of us with zero budget and stacks of raw data from the BOE to pore over.

This also affected our outreach to the netroots. Lots of folks both here and other places expressed wishes that their awareness of Roger's campaign had came much earlier.

Speaking of budget, recall that Foxx spend almost 3/4 of a million dollars. She gave away to fellow Republicans more than Roger raised altogether (about $75,000). I really think that the national party will pay a lot closer attention to NC in 2008, both with money and support.

Next, there is district organization. The Democratic Party in the 5th District really started just started going big-time in the past 8-12 months. Watauga is clearly the leader of the pack, but Ashe and Wilkes, among others, are also working really hard. By 2008, we can hopefully expand this training and experience and organization to the other counties.

True, the percentages didn't sway much from 2004. Roger picked up a few points and Foxx lost a couple. But the turnout difference was staggering. In 2004, the turnout was near 300,000 voters. In 2006, less than 170,000.

From the people I talked with, instead of voting for change, many decided to voice their distaste with Washington by not voting at all. This was something overlooked by a lot of us until days before the election.

Finally, Roger is a good candidate. He is a lifelong and generational resident of the district. He has bona fides in public service, education, and experience. Pardon the cliche', but Roger I believe is "the genuine article."

With a little more money, a little more time to plan and organize, I think this is a district that can be won, and I think Roger is a great candidate to win it.

The more people heard Roger's message, the more they liked it. Unfortunately, too few heard it and some heard it a little too late. That will not happen again.

Thanks again BlueNC,

Crowbar317

Sometimes it isn't winning the seat

It's fully backing the man or woman who has the guts to stand up and fight to have his/her voice heard. The more we do this, the more folks will be willing to run.

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



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Exactly.

And the more folks we can get to stand up and run, the more seats we will win.

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