Rebublicans are lining up to challenge Congressman Larry Kissell in the newly redrawn 8th Congressional District. Despite his conservative leanings, the gerrymandered districts drawn by the Republican legislature will make it more difficult for Kissell to win reelection.
The following is a cursory glance at the candidates who have declared their intentions to run in North Carolina's 8th District. Stu Rothenberg has said it would take a miracle for Kissell to win. So folks....which one do you want in Washington in his place?
Hudson was the 8th District Director for former Congressman Robin Hayes. There is no doubt that he knows the old district, but knowing the district didn't stop Hudson's boss from lying repeatedly to his constituents about his intention to vote against free trade agreements that hurt the textile industry in the 8th District. The 8th lost well over 10k jobs in textiles alone under Hayes' watch and if Hudson is going to claim that experience on his resume, then it is fair to say the jobs were lost on his watch as well. This is what his website says about trade.
He knows a substantial portion of our manufacturing jobs have been lost due to trade deals which were unfair to North Carolina workers. As our Congressman, Richard will judge every trade proposal that comes before Congress by one simple standard: does it create or destroy jobs in the 8th District? When ANY trade deal is a bad deal for our workers, Richard will fight against it.
Seems we've heard that before and it was from Hudson's old boss. Hayes didn't keep his promise and there is no reason to believe that Hudson will either.
Hudson has filed the appropriate papers to run and has a web site up. Hopefully he will get a professional to tend to the site once fundraising dollars have started coming in as the colors are seizure-inducing. You can find Hudson's issues here. Many of them would fit in well in middle eastern countries. He doesn't give his position on allowing women to drive, vote or wear pants, but from reading his stance on other issues I'm fairly certain he has us one step shy of donning a burqa. It will be interesting to see his fundraising numbers after the next filing deadline.
Barry was elected to the Weddington Town Council two years ago and serves as Mayor Pro Tem. He works for Principal Financial Group. For those unfamiliar with Union County, Weddington is one of the more upscale areas that serve as bedroom communities for Charlotte. I doubt very seriously Barry has a good feel for the mostly rural 8th District, but will follow the campaign to see.
The appropriate papers are filed with the Federal Elections Commission. He shows no fundraising totals as of the October filing deadline. His web site is live, however is unimpressive.
Keadle is a former one-term Iredell County Commissioner who has run for Congress before in the 10th District where he was a primary challenger for Patrick McHenry. Keadle is a Mooresville dentist, so does not live in the district in which he is running.
Keadle has filed with the FEC and shows a $70k personal loan as well as $45k in contributions. Most of his contributions appear to come from North Carolina donors.
His web site was an in-kind donation. The colors are not terrible, but the landing page requires scrolling and there is no indication that anything is below the initial picture. Some folks will miss his social media buttons. The tabs for navigating the site are small radio buttons up top. If he wins the nomination he will need some changes to make sure visitors find exactly what they need quickly as my experience is visitors to political sites don't want to fiddle around finding what they are looking for.
John Whitley is a neurosurgeon. He is running on the very tired issue, repealing healthcare legislation or "Obamacare." He lost all credibility with me when he called Larry Kissell a liberal. Kissell isn't a liberal. Calling him one will not make it so.
He has filed with the FEC, has not started raising money. His campaign web site isn't bad looking for a cookie cutter template, but it is the best looking site of the group thus far except it has this odd fuzzy bison labled Obamacare. Maybe he's trying to say it will be extinct. Who knows.
Like I said, no credibility as a candidate and he is running on a tired issue that has nothing to do with creating jobs.
Oh my! Vernon Robinson again. This should be entertaining to say the least. Those who were reading BlueNC back in 2006 should know the drama, drama, drama that Vernon Robinson creates along the campaign trail.
In the past, Robinson has raised money outside North Carolina. Maybe it is a way to hide the letters he sends. This cycle we again find most of his funds have come from donors outside North Carolina.
He has filed with the FEC and has raised almost $200k so far with at least half of that coming in very small donations that do not have to be itemized, so little is known about these donors.
In 2006, Robinson ran against Congressman Brad Miller. One ad was so bad Robinson had to pull it from the air. Fox News criticized Robinson and FactCheck.org crushed him.
His web site is here. He bills himself as the Reagan-Helms choice.
Cross-posted from Democratic Muse.