Change of Strategery

As many of you know, I've only been tepid in calling for Jim Black's resignation. I wasn't sure exactly where we would stand if he stepped down now. Here's my post from The Southern Dem.

Get the story on the flip side...

The Charlotte Observer reports that state officials are having a hard time swallowing yesterday's testimony by some who made contributions to Jim Black's campaign.

"I've been a lawyer for 31 years. I've examined a lot of witnesses," Larry Leake told Faye Maness. "Seldom have I found one less believable."

In yesterday's proceedings several people with very modest incomes reported that they each gave Jim Black $1000 and were not reimbursed by anyone.

Maness, of Rockingham County, makes about $400 a week at Sara Lee Hosiery. But she told the N.C. State Board of Elections on Tuesday that she gathered up $1,000 she had around the house, deposited it in her bank and wrote a check to House Speaker Jim Black's campaign that passed through the hands of a video-poker operator.

Two other witnesses with similarly modest incomes told the board that they wrote $1,000 checks on the same day as Maness. They also had ties to the same video-poker operator.

I have to admit that I've been a hold out on calling for Jim Black's resignation. I am getting more and more frustrated and am tired of lecturing my friends telling them to hold off until we get him elected. I decided it was time to trudge through North Carolina's election laws and this is what I found:

§ 163-114.(Warning PDF) Filling vacancies among party nominees occurring after nomination
and before election. If any person nominated as a candidate of a political party for one of the offices listed below (either in a primary or convention or by virtue of having no opposition in a primary) dies, resigns, or for any reason becomes ineligible or disqualified before the date of the ensuing general election, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment according to the following instructions:


Member of State House of Representatives in a single-county representative district


County executive committee of political party in which vacancy occurs, provided, in the case of the State Senator or State Representative in a single-county district where not all the county is located in that district, then in voting, only those members of the county executive committee who reside within the district shall vote.

Now that I'm sure that Jim Black can be replaced at this time even without a primary opponent to receive the nomination, I will join many other Democrats in calling for Jim Black's resignation. The investigation will continue and if exonerated Mr. Black will be easily elected at a later time in his home district, where many still think very highly of him. For the good of the party and for the good of the Democratic process, Jim Black should resign effective immediately.

Governor Easley, do you already have a replacement in mind for Mr. Black? If not, you best get on it!



I have been even more tepid than you - but someone needs to go to jail for this. The question is - Did Black know? If not, then the video poker people should go to jail. If he did, he should go to jail.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

My Fear of November

My fear this November is that the great position we are in NC will be squandered by Jim Black. Even to a point that Shuler and Kissell are hurt in their campaigns and we do not take back the House.

I think I smell an action plan brewing

How about week after next?

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Robert I agree

I don't know if he was aware and I don't think that his vote was bought. I do think that there is a taint to his campaign that is going to follow him and his supporters or other Democratic candidates.

The people who assume that a resignation is admitting guilt are the same people saying he's guilty. I think it's better to have Easley replace him now with another Democrat and maybe one of the things holding them up is finding someone to fill his spot on the ballot. Low pay and long hours...not exactly my idea of fun!

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

You all know where I stand on this.

I haven't pushed the point because I trust SD's good political instincts more than my own, but I consider her change of heart a significant event. Jim Black may or may not be guilty of a crime, but if he's not, he's certainly guilty of incompetence and shady dealings. As I've asked on more than one occasion . . . is this really the best we can do?