Gore supports Dellinger

On Saturday, one candidate got what every candidate in America has been seeking in this election year. Kind words and visible support from the latest Nobel Peace Prize Winner - former Vice President Al Gore.


"Hampton Dellinger would make a great Lieutenant Governor." - Al Gore, 2/12/08

Crossposted at DailyKos and The Stinging Nettle.

As seen in this Charlotte Observer story, Hampton Dellinger met on Saturday with Nobel Laureate and former Vice President Al Gore, and emerged with supportive words for his campaign for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina:

"I applaud Hampton's efforts to combat climate change through reduced utility reliance on coal," Gore said in a prepared statement. "His vision and leadership are a tremendous asset to North Carolina. Hampton Dellinger would make a great Lt. Governor."

Dellinger's opposition to any new coal-fired power plants in North Carolina appealed to Gore, and their connection through Dellinger's father Walter Dellinger and Gore's brother in law Frank Hunger led to the meeting.

Hampton, who served Governor Easley first as a Deputy Attorney General and then as Chief Legal Counsel to the Governor, is a hellaciously bright guy. He's running for Lieutenant Governor in North Carolina, and he could use your support.

I can tell you right now that he would be the most progressive, exciting candidate we've had on a statewide level since Jim Hunt first sought the same office in 1972. He's that good.

See for yourself:

Hampton has put forth policy positions on caring for our seniors, reforming the education system, energy conservation and a myriad of other issues and has taken the lead in challenging the more conservative favorite in the race.

Please drop by his website at http://www.hd08.com and take a look around. You'll find an attractive young (40) candidate running statewide in North Carolina who is unabashedly pro-choice, pro-environment and pro-grassroots.

He combines fundraising prowess and a grassroots, volunteer-based team of men and women like me. We have a real chance to win this race. If you're from North Carolina (and most of you are), please consider working and voting for Hampton on May 6. If you're from outside North Carolina, your support would be very helpful, as we work together to build a progressive future for North Carolina and America.

Thanks for reading. See you around.


I realize

that LG campaign fatigue may be setting in round these parts. But this is pretty big, and welcome, news for Hampton.

Be good.

"85% of Republicans are Democrats who don't know what's going on." -Robert Kennedy, Jr.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

Congratulations, Hampton

This is a pretty big deal, and must feel wonderful. :)

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Must have been the blue shirts

that or the strong environmental positions.

"Hampton Dellinger would make a great Lieutenant Governor." - Al Gore.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

For a moment, i was feeling

some fatigue set in, but this invigorates the hell out of me, and the LG race and, i hope, all North Carolina Democrats.

Al Gore is perhaps the most well respected Democrat on the national stage. He would not come out so publicly for Hampton unless he felt like he is the right person for the job. Gore has just personally vouched for Dellinger. Doesn't matter who Hampton's family is, Gore would not put himself out there unless he was sure Hampton was right.

Two Princes

Yup, blue shirts, blue blood -- to the manor born, both of 'em.

Perhaps there will be a parade en route to the coronation.

Anyway, congrats to Hampton.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

i love your

wry and persistent sense of humour. To the coronation we go! haha. But hey, if it's the right knight, I'll do whatever i can to make his way. Privilege is not anathema to being a FANTASTIC person and phenomenal public official (i know you know that). and his background isn't snoody, selfish rich folks, it's progressive academics and honorable public figures. that's a good thing in my book.

i won't fool myself, though, this is not going to be easily sledding--no coronation here. Dalton's money is going to do a lot of talking. I'll be here to help shut it up :)

You make a good point

about Hampton Dellinger's family. I have the highest regard for his father, and have no reason to think that his son didn't take to heart the good example set by his parents.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke


Besse is my man.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

Oh my heavens

Look at those plates....and the Ginger Jars. They're gorgeous.

Oh...this is about Hampton. Nice tie. :D

Actually, it's a nice feather to put in his cap.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

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

thanks for the bump, A

Much obliged.

"Hampton Dellinger would make a great Lieutenant Governor." - Al Gore.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

You're welcome

Sorry for cutting the photo. I'm getting feedback from readers that big photos on the front page take up too much real estate on their small laptops. Drop in a smaller version if you like . . . it's a great photograph.


Great news, and congratulations, Hampton!

And kudos to all of us here at BlueNC for an entirely civil and positive thread on the LG race.

i'm surprised by the quietness

of this thread. Though I think that sometimes around here if people don't have something bad to say, they don't say anything at all. :) It's just too up beat of a subject matter for people to argue much.

I know, I know

I won't change my socks, though, to help keep the streak alive. If that helps...


I like Al Gore. ;]

me too!

wonder what would have happened if we had drafted Gore. Three-way race right now? Or might have galloped to the front and sealed the deal? Oh well, we've got two fabulous candidates right now.


Well, this is impressive. I wonder when the last Nobel-winner endorsement for an NC politician was...Marie Curie for Gov. Aycock? (I suppose it was Clinton for Hunt).

Clinton isn't a Nobel laureate

And this isn't an endorsement.

Dellinger, former legal counsel to Gov. Mike Easley, stopped short of calling Gore's comments an endorsement but said he has been inspired by Gore's work.

Ok, the love-fest can continue...

choke me

Gore just went down a notch in my opinion.