As an Elaine Marshall supporter, I'm jealous that corporate lawyer Cal Cunningham was able to win the endorsement of Ann Worthy, who got 4% of the vote in the open Senate primary. No doubt Worthy would have received a greater share of the vote without the inappropriate involvement of the DSCC.
However, Cunningham's campaign paired Worthy's endorsement along side the endorsement of Susan Harris, an arch-conservative from Western NC. This is a strange endorsement for Cunningham to seek out, and seek out he must have, for Susan Harris is something of a recluse.
Susan Harris avoided all debates, and declined to return calls from the Raleigh News & Observer, the Charlotte Observer, the Greensboro News & Record, and all other media. She filed to run on the last day possible, and erased her five page website immediately after election day.
As to why Cunningham would enter into a partnership with Susan Harris, well, that is something of mystery.
Susan Harris believes that:
- Marriage should denied to North Carolinians who are LGBT;
- Abstinence only education works;
- Libraries should censor the internet;
- Reproductive rights should be eliminated;
- The separation between church and state should be relaxed;
- American should adopt a regressive "flat tax";
- Feminism is a danger to society (on par with drug abuse);
- The war on terror is much like the cold war; and
- Government jobs should be eliminated.
Susan Harris also "buys in cash only" which perhaps explains why it is so difficult to figure out who paid for her "Proudly Pro-Life" yard signs, not to mention her $1500 filing fee.
His campaign will likely claim that the acceptance of her endorsement reflects his commitment to working with conservatives. Yet Cunningham did not just quietly accept the endorsement; he loudly promoted it as an achievement he was profoundly grateful for. Cunningham has stated that he respects her views on fiscal matters, and that he is happy to incorporate her ideas into his coalition. If you take these words to mean anything they are frightening.
Cunningham supporters have reason to question the wisdom of Cal's acceptance of Susan Harris's endorsement. Either he does find common ground with her retrograde views, or his campaign is desperate.
Susan Harris website, cached: http://www.google.com/search?q=site%3ASusanHarrisForSenate.com+Harris&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t