Grier Martin for Senate

I'm often amazed at the speed with which the world can change. One minute I'm biting my nails, wondering if one of the most capable representatives in Congress will leave the House and run for Senate. And in the blink of an eye, I'm writing a post declaring my unqualified and passionate enthusiasm for a different person, a man I am asking to take the plunge: Representative Grier Martin.

I first got to know Grier on March 3, in a live-blogging session that started this way:

It's been a busy BlueNC week. We closed out February with the first-ever Women on Wednesdays, and a record 13,008 unique visitors for the shortest month of the year. We got the scoop on "new rules" for the NC House, and today we have a second-term representative, Grier Martin, stopping by to answer your questions. He's a primary sponsor on the Renewable Portfolio Standards bill, and is intensely interested in veterans affairs and family issues.

Two of Grier's key issues, veterans affairs and energy, are what really got me interested in him. And the more I learned about the way he thinks and the positions he takes, the more I came to admire and respect him. Especially with regard to veterans issues. Grier is a major in the Army Reserves and has served in Afghanistan. The Republican War in Iraq is something he takes very personally - and it is an issue about which he speaks with quiet authority. It is also the issue on which Liddy Dole is supremely vulnerable.

I suspect Grier's world took a right turn yesterday when Brad Miller said he's staying in the House. I suspect Grier will want to check in with all the power brokers in the state and in DC to find out if they will back him against Dole. I suspect he'll also have to convince himself and his wonderful wife that they can navigate the minefield of national politics and still have a workable family life.

But more important, I suspect Grier knows he has an enormous amount to offer his state and his country, and that he can do that more powerfully from the US Senate than from the North Carolina House, where he now serves.

If I knew how to make a website called Grier Martin for Senate, I'd have done it already. But since I'm basically a Luddite, I simply offer this promise:

Grier Martin can beat Liddy Dole. If he can find it in his heart to run, I will move mountains and molehills and money and more to support him every hour and every day on that long and exciting journey.

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I'm in client meetings all day

Thanks for holding down the fort!

Anglico
Grier Martin for United States Senate

Let me know...

.. what I can do to help. Grier is a good man, and I know he can win. Let's make it happen!

OK...I'm in.

I've been impressed by Grier's willingness to involve folks and his thoughtful comments and posts here. That he's one of us who has served in combat makes him even more appealing...because I know he'll first seek other means to resolve foreign conflict....and maybe my grandson will live to a ripe old age.

If he's interested, lets convene a blueNC meeting and get this show on the road. We may be ordinary folks but we have extraordinary resolve.
SE NC Dems

Stan Bozarth

Grier is a good guy

I'm just not sure if he wants to run for Senate.

Neither am I

But early support from the netroots can make a huge difference. Hence, this post, and these comments.

Now THAT'S exciting!

I'm personally a huge fan of Grier's. Would love to see him run!

I'm NOT an enormous fan of Heath Shuler but the pragmatist in me wonders if he has a better shot. (Bonus: Shuler running would mean someone else could run for NC-11 (Another chance for Patsy?).) And we could save Grier, who certainly has a bright political future, for another day. Anyone?

[Note: These are my personal opinions; not related to Traction.]

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She did not do as well as

She did not do as well as hoped so whenever Heath gives up this seat I am not sure it will her turn. Heath is from all I have heard planning a re-election run in which several political forcasters predict an easy victory for him, a Taylor rematch my well be the contest. As for Shuler and a Senate run I think you will see one possibly in 2010 as today Burr vote on immigration could be a damaging vote. As for Heath replacement I have heard through some locals former UT wide receiver, Ben Shuler, Heaths younger brother and former business partner is a possible candidate but that is for another year.

I think 2010

will be all aobut Roy Cooper. He can run from the safety of the Attorney General's office. Of course, there may be a big crowd - on both sides - trying to knock off Brrr.

Any -

Any one of them would be A-Okay with me but I hate the thought of taking any of them out of the place where they are just to put them somewhere else because ...

who takes their place, ya know?

Someone - anyone -

-A- how about you?

since he is a good soldier,

since he is a good soldier, didn't Grier support the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq? Any Republican or Democrat who supported thisdamm war wont get my vote and the votes of many others.

Grier served in Afghanistan

He was already in the Army Reserves when the terrorists attacked on 9/11, and he volunteered for active duty in Afghanistan. How anyone can extrapolate from Grier's distinguished service that he supported the Iraq War is beyond me.

Quite a leap you're making.

I know many members of the military who don't support the war or the occupation. Talk about being caught between Iraq and a hard place.

Perhaps we should let Mr. Martin speak for himself on the issue instead of you making assumptions about what he supports or doesn't support.

I see you over there!

There's an almost identical comment over at the Under the Dome blog.

Then again, at least he's an equal opportunity commenter.

Once again, let's let Grier answer the question before making assumptions based on his military service.

What word begins with T, rhymes with Dole, and is almost as bad?

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

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 don't know

I think Trolls are worse than dole

Only thing worse than Dole is Dubya



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.

Must be that non-Mecklenburg County Air

Worse than Dole or W:

Cheney
Rummy
Condi
Rove
Phil Leotardo
Satan
C. Montgomery Burns
Some of those western GOP Senators

I hope I don't need to continue

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

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'm With You, Sam

Dole is useless but those on your list are downright dangerous.

Heartbreakingly so ... ...

If Grier runs. . .

I'll leave the Draft James Taylor committee to work with you, A.

War is over if you want it.

War is over if you want it.

I owe everyone a post

about my thoughts since Brad said no, but I think that Grier has some strengths that would make him an amazing candidate and a great Senator. He could really change the face of the Democratic brand in North Carolina. He has some things that people would call weaknesses, but I think most voters would view those things as strengths.

After all, North Carolina voters hate Washington DC, and Grier is not Washington.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"