Richard Moore Kickoff

I promised I'd give an update on the two Moore for Governor events this week, and after Thursday's vote in Congress, I'd rather write about something that won't make us angrier. Unfortunately, both of my digital cameras broke, so I don't have any photos from the surprisingly well-attended Charlotte event, but luckily the campaign has a flickr account with photos from Tuesday's kickoff event, and I've got the story (If you want more on the Treasurer's message, try my earlier blog post).






There was a lot of news coverage for the Oxford event on Tuesday, so I'll sum it up by saying that there was great food, great music, and enough people to fill up the quad at Webb High School. I saw many familiar faces there, including YDNC President Zack Hawkins, and while attendance does not imply an endorsement, the energy and buzz at the event was palpable enough to scoop with a spoon.





The Charlotte event was a different affair with many setbacks - the road around the building was blocked off for Speed Street, and the event had to be held at noon - but there was still a crowd of at least 70 people, including two Democratic County Commissioners, Charlotte Chamber members, and a few President/CEOs of Charlotte Businesses. So Richard changed his message for this jet-set downtown crowd, right? Not at all. Whether they were eating barbecue or ballroom catering, supporters and attendees at Moore for Governor events this week heard that covering the North Carolina citizens that don't have health care makes moral sense and economic sense. They heard about our shrinking Main Streets, our growing tuition bills, and similar middle class struggles, and they were happy to hear solutions to these problems that would irk Art Pope's corporate donors to the nth degree.

Now, the Charlotte event was held on my birthday, right before my birthday lunch, so I had a person with me who isn't involved in politics ... at least not how we are. And he doesn't like politicians. But he was still impressed, and "could tell why people liked him."

I'll be completely honest - the stump speech is pretty good, but it could use a little work (these were the first two times it was given to the general public). Also, I'll agree with RobertP that I'm not a fan of saying "access" to health care. But that didn't make the crowds in attendance at both events any less enthusiastic with their cheers. Every person who wanted to speak with Richard - even at the Oxford event - was able to ask their questions and speak their mind, and Treasurer Moore was there long enough to listen. The only unhappy face I saw the entire time was a crying baby.

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Comments

On the one hand

the services offered by Moore's office to help the citizens of this state are great. Who wouldnt love NCCash.com?

On the other hand, to bring it up is entirely innappropriate in this case. I know Richard Moore is not using his position as an elected official to further his political career, and I wouldnt want anyone to be able to say he is.

We arent Republicans, we dont do such things.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

I front paged this

even though I'm not a big Moore fan. So I expect LOTS of pats on the back for being fair and all that.

:)

In the year ahead, we're going to have plenty of posts about both Moore and Perdue - and I predict it's going to get nasty. Let's do our best to keep it clean and make sure that the best man/woman wins. Lord knows, the R's want nothing more than to see Bev and Richard slaughter each other in the primary.

The truth is, both Dems have been positioning for this job for a long time. Richard has his handsome face plastered all over the NC Cash marketing materials, which I complained about a long, long time ago. BlueSouth is right to question the wisdom of linking the Moore campaign to the cash giveaway, though I understand the light-hearted intention behind it. Still, the whole cult of personality stuff gives me the creeps. (That's pretty much the ONLY thing I like about Mr. Mike. He's the invisible man.)

More important, though, is the need to think through which of these two will best be able to take down Orr or Smith. (Graham's just flushing his money IMO.) I don't have the insight to speculate right now, but that's the main thing on my mind.

I'm guessing both campaigns would rather see Smith win the R primary. Why? Because Orr is Art Pope's man - and Art Pope will do virtually anything to get his own personal governor installed. He'll mobilize the lunatic fringe, fire up the Puppetshow, and push his 4999 mailings seven ways till Sunday. Just you watch.

(Note to Perdue and Moore campaigns: It's time to get lawyered up for the Puppetshow Snowjob. Be ready because it'll start coming before you know it.)

Either Perdue or Moore would be a fine governor. Though I personally lean toward Perdue (disclaimer: I contributed to her campaign early on), what matters most to me is keeping the mansion out of the dirty hands of any one of the three R stooges.

To my knowledge.

Here are your pats on the back!

And here is a correction to your post. :)

You said re: NCCash.com

BlueSouth is right to question the wisdom of linking the Moore campaign to the cash giveaway, though I understand the light-hearted intention behind it.

It's not a cash giveaway - it's unclaimed property. And if you get some of the cash from it, it's yours already..

From NCCash.com

The $500 million in our unclaimed cash program comes from financial institutions, insurance companies, businesses and government agencies in the form of wages, utility deposits and insurance policy proceeds. These are just a few of the 100 types of property reclaimed every day by our agency. By law, these funds are escheated, or turned over, to our agency for safekeeping.

To my knowledge. :-D

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The Den
It's your democracy; use it.

Well, it's not all the cash giveaway

If you want the pat on your back, you have to mention how Moore at least doubled the scholarships coming from the program :-P

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

Better watch it

My finger might slip and delete you into oblivion.

:)

Just kidding, of course.

IT IS NOT A CASH GIVEAWAY. IT IS A RETURN OF MONEY TO RIGHTFUL OWNERS.

WHAT HE SAID ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS

I hope

It stays clean, and I think that we would be smart to help keep it clean, by promoting pro diaries on each, and avoiding negative diaries as much as possible.

One of the reasons why I am avoiding making a decision on who to support is the fact that I think either one will walk to victory, because I think both are impressive people who would do a great job.

If I thought this was going to be about electability I would have already made a choice. And yes, you are right, the wingnuts are going to be out in force.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

I disagree with you, Blue.

Constituent services, particularly practical ones, are incredibly important to the average voter - Dem and Rep, and particularly Independent, alike. I don't see this as attempting to use his position to influence votes, but to show how he was able to do something practical for the people of NC in a position that isn't normally seen as heavy on constituent services.

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The Den
It's your democracy; use it.

I just thought it was an interesting contrast

Seeing as a normal blog post like that would end with an appeal ... especially since I found a blue NC-er on the list. And since Moore has increased the fund under his tenure, he's increased the amount going to scholarships for North Carolinians, which is a very important part of his resume.

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

Absolutely

Its just that the way you had it originally I think it could have been a "you are paying for votes". And obviously that is not what he or you is doing.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

At least

you're not making fun of my face ...

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 hope you don't think I was

I hope you don't think I was making fun of your face, Sam. I meant it - I think the beard looks good.
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The Den
It's your democracy; use it.

Not possible, even if I had that wrong idea

That comment predates yours ...

I was just joking on BS's critiques.

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 on the list

just never have gotten around to claiming my $77 or so. It's a refund of premium from an insurance company. :)

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



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I just think

the two should be separated. Im not saying that we shouldnt talk about his record. Just that I think to transition from a campaign event to a "get money" is going to get criticism from the right for doing what we are so upset at the Republicans for doing.

If the diary was just about how Moore's record makes him qualified to be governor, then I think the reference would be fine.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

dont completely agree

You have to be convincing in your ability to dispatch constituent services for any office (and a cabinet level position is great for that), but applying the same expectations of a lesser statewide office to the executive position isn't an effective way to judge the candidate.

ON the subject of the Original Post

Thank you for the report, Sam. Personally, I am leaning towards Moore for Governor, but I can't put my finger on why. I hope to get to some events for both candidates over the summer so that I can give credence to or eliminate the visceral feelings I have.

(and by the way - looks like you need a new head shot. The beard looks good.)

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The Den
It's your democracy; use it.

Help! Help! I'm Being Swayed!

That first picture speaks volumes.

(thanks for the link anyway; I just gave my neighbor a heads up for some of her money lost in the NC ether)

I get ya, Sam. It was kind of a 'see what he's done for our State already' kind of thing, wasn't it?

I do sense the edge of the legal cliff right off the corner of my screen, though.

{eom}

As an addittion

I went over to Moore's campaign website and was very happy. I hope he continues with it, as I think some things could use some help, but its clean, looks good and is easy to use.

The campaign definitely got what it paid for, and if the website is any indication, they are gonna be running a well choreographed campaign.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

Does anyone know who is

Does anyone know who is running the campaign?

Jay Reiff

And for the record, he's much more than a "choreographer."

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 take Moore's highly visible campaign

to return money to it's rightful place as a positive thing. People can't benefit from it if they don't know abaout it. He knows how to use the tools at his disposal to get the job done and NCCash is a very well run operation that I have benefited from myself.

I wish our current Governor had a more populist appeal.

Well, I think Moore will come out of the Mansion

and do more than just wreck race cars.

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