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.)
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.
Bob Etheridge of Lillington is currently running unopposed.
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.]
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.
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.
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.
Democrat Ross Overby of Marvin is the only candidate who has filed to run in the 9th District.
Democratic incumbent Mel Watt of Charlotte is currently unopposed.
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)