I didn't mean to start a food fight, and I apologize for doing so. Just to be clear, I have great admiration for Jerry Meek, who takes more crap as Big Cheese at the North Carolina Democratic Party than anyone should ever have to. I'm sorry I added to his woes and that wasn't my intention when I wrote this yesterday:
The Hill is reporting a potential primary challenge to Larry Kissell in NC-8 by Rick Glazier. I'd heard rumblings about this earlier this year, and was disappointed to see the possibility is still alive. I've heard good things about Glazier in general, but I have to say, this pretty much annoys the hell out of me. Glazier's not quoted in this article . . . the only on-the-record source for the story is Jerry Meek, who does the talking for Glazier. Jerry should have told the reporter to contact Glazier directly to find out about his plans. His go-betweening in this article is unseemly to my mind.
It is NOT what Jerry said that annoys the hell out of me . . . it's the risk of a primary threat to Larry. The only point I wanted to make about Jerry is that he could have invited the reporter to contact Glazier personally. To my uninformed ear, it didn't sound right to have him explaining what Rick might or might not be doing.
But that's all beside the point now. Jerry is a stand-up guy and doesn't need criticism from me (or anyone else, in my opinion), for his tireless and thankless work on behalf of the North Carolina Democratic Party. In so many ways, it's a lose, lose job, and I for one and enormously grateful that he does it.
There are many people who have flat-out fallen in love with Larry Kissell, myself included. We've seen how hard he's worked to unseat Hayes, and it's heartbreaking to imagine one of our own challenging him in the primary. As I said, I hope it doesn't happen - and I will work like hell to support Larry. But that doesn't mean we Larry Lovers should go ballistic and shoot down Jerry Meek, who's doing an impossible job every day trying to walk the line and keep our Big Tent intact.
We're all on edge and angry. Every day brings more disappointment from our elected leaders on so many fronts. In the General Assembly, we're finding ourselves settling for crumbs of leadership from elected officials who give more attention to what Realtors and Power Companies want than what's important to We the People. We have two imperial leaders in the Senate who protect corporate (and University) interests at all costs, and who drink the Puppetshow kool-aid in five-gallon containers. In Washington, it's even worse. Though there are a few bright spots (Miller & Price, for example), the Democrats are proving themselves incapable of going to the mat in the face of Republican corruption.
The reason for our anger has a clear root cause: We haven't elected enough progressive Democrats. Which is especially true here in North Carolina. That's why the thought of spending resources on a fight between Glazier and Kissell is so depressing.
My request is simple: Let's reserve our upset and frustration for our enemies. We don't have enough friends as it is . . . and Jerry Meek is most definitely one of them.