Guess who's filed for Congress......so far!

Stop shaking your heads. Seriously. I am not sitting here refreshing the SBOE site to see the candidate filing list update. I only check it two to three times throughout the day. That does not make me deranged, demented or delirious. At worst I'm just a little odd.

We are about at the halfway point for the filing period, so I'm going to give a rundown of where we stand in the congressional races. I was surprised to see so many names that haven't been dropped here at BlueNC. Gee, don't these people know that you can't get elected unless you've been vetted by this crowd? (Somewhere out there is an ill-informed reporter who will think I'm being serious.)

District 1

G.K. Butterfield of Wilson will meet Republican Dean Stephens of Colerain. We can go into rah-rah mode for Butterfield later, but I wanted to give you a taste of the man running against him.

The trends which concern us are all related to losing our belief in self reliance and the American Dream . . . and sending the bill to our children and grandchildren.

If this is what has happened under the last seven years of Republican rule, why would we trust a Republican to go to Washington to fix things? It's the Republicans who believe in shifting the debt burden to our children and grandchildren. Nice try, though.

District 2

Bob Etheridge of Lillington is currently running unopposed.

District 3

Marshall Adame of Jacksonville will face Craig Weber of Morehead City in the Democratic primary. Adame :D will then face the winner of the Republican primary which pits incumbent Walter Jones of Farmville against Joe McLaughlin of Jacksonville. [Warning: Video ad plays immediately when site is opened.]

District 4

Democratic incumbent David Price of Chapel Hill will face Republican B.J. Lawson of Cary. Personal note: I sure wish BJ Lawson was an absolute jerk. It would make it a whole lot easier to shove him aside as just another Republican. BJ, however is engaging, intelligent and respectful. He is the type of candidate who will enrich the discussion and strengthen the electoral process because he is willing to engage and educate. As wrong as we might think he is on most of the issues, he certainly comes across as a pretty nice guy. Dangit. Personal Note #2: I think David Price is awesome and hopefully he will visit us soon to share his awesomeness.

District 5

Democrat Roy Carter has filed to run against Virginia Foxx from Banner Elk. Most recently Foxx drooled over Roger Clemens after he requested to testify before Congress. Add that to the embarrassing display at the SOTU speech when she strapped herself to GeeDubya and oozed her sliminess all over him and you have a good idea about why Foxx is in Washington.

District 6

Linda Cloud is getting what she begged for and then some! All she wanted was for someone....anyone to step up and challenge the ineffective Howard Coble. There currently is a three-way race for the Democratic nomination and Jay Ovittore hasn't filed yet. So far we have Johnny J. Carter of Somerfield, Ronald J. Weatherford (no website yet) of High Point and Teresa Sue Bratton (No website yet) of Greensboro all vying for the spot on the Dem ticket. The winner will face Howard Coble in November.

District 7

Democratic incumbent Mike McIntyre of Lumberton will face Republican Will Breazeale of White Lake in November.

District 8

So far, Larry Kissell of Biscoe will face George W. Bush's bff and cloakroom confidante, Robin Hayes, in November. Hayes hails from Concord.

District 9

Democrat Ross Overby of Marvin is the only candidate who has filed to run in the 9th District.

District 10

Currently Democrat Daniel Johnson of Hickory will face Republican Lance Sigmon of Newton in November.

District 11

Heath Shuler hasn't filed yet, so currently we have two Republicans duking it out in the primary - Carl Mumpower of Asheville and Spence Campbell of Hendersonville.

District 12

Democratic incumbent Mel Watt of Charlotte is currently unopposed.

District 13

Democratic incumbent Brad Miller of Raleigh faces Derald Hafner of Franklinton in May.

I'm a Brad Miller fan, but I tried to be objective when looking over Derald Hafner's site. There are some things to like there, but this passage is probably going to be where we part company:

On social issues, our constitution was never intended to respond to individual social needs. If you look at the historical roots of education, health care, and the extremely difficult issue of welfare, you will find them in the Church; not in government. There has always been critical needs in these areas. Indeed, we find reference to God's divine providence (read the Declaration of Independence). And the gratitude "to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations," - from the Preamble of the North Carolina State Constitution.

I will update this after filing is completed. Check over the web sites and get to know the candidates. Hopefully with the direct links to the web sites Robert will give us another "State of the Candidates' web sites" post. (Big honking hint)

Comments

Thanks Betsy -

Great Job! I was actually going to do this myself tonight; you've saved me some work.

Let me comment on the current filers in District 6. Rather - let me comment on Johnny Carter. After reading his website, I have no idea why he has filed as a member of the Democratic party; none of his positions line up with anything I identify with as being "ours". I'm interested in learning about these other two, Teresa Sue Bratton, and Ronald J. Weatherfield. And I hope Jay Ovittore will let us know when he files.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I will file

by the deadline. Seems like they are crawling out of the woodworks in the 6th district. I am still confident I will the primary and I know I am the only of the lot who can run against Howard(who I plan to beat in November).

Jay Ovittore
Candidate- 6th Congressional District

“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.” Thomas Jefferson

Jay Ovittore

“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.” Thomas Jefferson

YAY

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Rather - let me comment on

Rather - let me comment on Johnny Carter. After reading his website, I have no idea why he has filed as a member of the Democratic party; none of his positions line up with anything I identify with as being "ours".

Well, he is for universal healthcare...

IMHO, if you are going to be so cheap (lame?) as to have a yahoo address for your campaign, the least you could do is have one that makes sense. The one he has tacassoc@yahoo.com looks like his wife's work (even more lame to use yahoo for your business) address. Might I suggest "JCarter4NC6th@yahoo" or something like that?

This is excellent

With very respectful and honorable commentary.

Where's Betsy? What did you do with her?

: )

Hahahahaha

Okay....I admit it. I went back and edited out I whoooooole lot of commentary. You know me too well.

[edit] Well....I guess I was a bit snarky with my writeups on Foxx and Hayes. I will just have to grow up a bit more.



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Coach Carter Turns Pro

Roy Carter is in for NC-05. He filed on the 11th and mailed it to Raleigh. Hopefully that will show up on the SBOE site soon.

From the Mountain Times.

With friends, family and well-wishers standing at his side in the rotunda of the Ashe County Courthouse, Roy Carter officially threw his hat in the 5th Congressional District ring and put incumbent Congresswoman Virginia Foxx on notice.

"I am filing on the first day possible and at the first possible moment because I feel our district cannot afford to suffer even one more day of Foxx's failed leadership and callous disregard for her constituents," Carter said.
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It always seems impossible until it is done. -Nelson Mandela

I'm an idealist without illusions. JFK

I'll go ahead and add him on the list

Thanks for letting us know.

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



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awesome

thanks, Betsy. you rock!

I'm an idealist without illusions. JFK

District 11 - John Armor

There's another Republican running in the 11th. John Armor ran last time as well. He got 18% against Charles Taylor in the primary. John's a constitutional lawyer who lives in Highlands. He's proud of the cases he brought before the Supreme Court in the 70's (seeking increased ballot access for third parties). John's authored some books, including a tome arguing in favor of term limits. He's a libertarian at heart, I think, and he's got over a million words on the internet.

Where on the internet?

At the Free Republic, using the moniker Congressman Billybob.

Here's video of the first debate between the three Republican candidates

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

Betsy, No.

No they don't.

Heath has got high favorables due to his fence-walking. The anti-immigration crowd loves his SAVE Act, and he's been bringing good dollars back to the district for veterans and small businesses.

Any of these guys is going to lose by at least ten points in the general. This ought to free up some of the monetary resources in the 11th to donate to people like Larry Kissell, Daniel Johnson, and Roy Carter.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

Excellent news

I know we'd all prefer a true progressive in the 11th, but I'd rather have Heath than a Republican. Fence-walking, fence-sitting....that's better than fear-mongering and hate-baiting any old day.

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



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I would really like to see Kay Hagan Live Blog

here at BlueNC. I have some questions I want to ask her and I would like some up front answers. I am currently very much in Jim Neal's corner, but I would really like to get to better understand what Ms. Hagan plans to work towards for our state and our country were she to be the US Senator from North Carolina.

We already have far too many questionable Liberal Democratic Senators, and I want to satisfy myself that Kay Hagan would not join those ranks before I consider voting for her if she is our candidate.

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

James has been in touch with her



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



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District 3

I don't know what y'all are smoking, but Craig Weber is going to win the over all contest in District 3.

Now we'll finally learn what his secret method to keep us from getting hit by Hurricanes, that people in the government are AMAZED at, really is. He would have told us back in '06, but he was scared, and rightfully so, that Walter Jones would steal his idea.

So you better watch out, because the WEATHERMAN is back and he is not taking names this time.

Chris Kouri in the 8th

Heard that Chris Kouri, who ran against Hayes in 2002, is jumping in the race.

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

You've got to be kidding

I can't believe he would be such an opportunist.

Well.....we heard that over a year ago

He's been making noise for some time, but he doesn't follow through. If he was going to make more than just a nuisance run he should have started a long time ago. Not a very astute political move on Kouri's part. I'll believe it when I see it, though. So far, it's the same noise.

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



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News on the Kouri run

Word has it Chris Kouri has chosen to continue in private life.

Smart move.

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



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