The new year promises to be a big one for BlueNC, and to get things off to a proper start, I have this announcement. Our friend and frequent contributor, George Pence, has agreed to become one of BlueNC's front-pagers! George's gentle way with words and his independent streak have already added much to our community - so please join me in welcoming him aboard.
When I asked George how I should introduce him, he shared this:
I live in Moore County. My Congressman is Howard Coble, my state Senator is Harris Blake, and my state Rep is soon to be Joe Boylan ... Republicans all.
I've been fairly active in the Moore County Democratic Party. I've been an assistant precinct chair, 1st Vice Chair, 2nd Vice Chair, and GOTV chair. I'm a white guy, but I'm the political action chair of the Moore County NAACP and I'm a member of the North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus. In 2004 I was the Moore County liaison for Oscar Harris' run for the state senate.
I enjoy keeping track of the Council of State, Senators and Congress people. I'm not putting my hand in the air and claiming any of these subjects as my own, but it seems to me that there are some emerging stories worth watching: The role of the Blue Dogs in the new Congress, and how Heath Shuler and Mike McIntyre fit into all of that. The upcoming gubernatorial race and how Bev Purdue and Richard Moore jockey for position in the coming months. John Edwards campaign. Elizabeth Dole and 2008 Senate.
In addition to having front-line experience with campaigns and partisan politics, George is also a very nice guy. I met him for the first time at the Edwards bash in Chapel Hill, and he seemed like an old friend. That could be because we're about the same age, although I am a crotchety old man and he's not.
Welcome to the front page, George!
For the record, this status at BlueNC brings with it precious few privileges. Mostly it means George can put his own entries on the front page without having to be "recommended" by others. It also means he gets to feel guilty about whether he's posting brilliant insights often enough!