From my humble perch, it distresses me that the NC House Democratic caucus missed a great opportunity in 2008 when they did not field a candidate against Representative Phillip Frye in House District 84 (in the mountains).
Rep. Frye was charged with DWI in Dec 2007.
He filed for reelection anyway in early 2008, but no one filed against him.
I realize that this generally GOP mountain district is not in the top tier on the Dem+ list. However, Judge Doug McCullough was tossed from the NC Court of Appeals handily by Cheri Beasley after his encounter with drunk driving.
Also, the defeat of US Rep. William Jefferson (D) in Louisiana by an Asian-American Republican in an overwhelmingly African-American district, speaks to the electorate's mood this cycle.
I'm willing to bet a candidate can be recruited to challenge Rep. Frye in 2010.
Potential and current party leaders that read this blog, take a look at someone who should be in your sights.
Effective candidate recruitment begins early.