While so many of us are waiting to see family during the holidays, House Speaker Jim Black is waiting to see if he'll be indicted after being fingered as a co-conspirator by convicted extortionist, Michael Decker.
Representatives are, by and large, coy over whether they'll support another Jim Black term as Speaker if he somehow avoids indictment. There are a few exceptions - Bill Owens says, "Even if he is indicted, it doesn't mean he's guilty", and Bill Faison says, "We do not need a sitting speaker indicted and carried off the podium in handcuffs."
A new Democratic netroots effort, fertilized by the sulfur spread by Black, is underway at BlackOut-NC.com. The tagline says it all:
"Encouraging our representatives to make an ethical choice when voting for Speaker of the House. Promising respect for candidates who choose to elevate our party and our government, and promising a permanent pain in the ass to those who don't."
After pointing out an N&O article stating that "23 or 24" Democrats are committed to voting for Black, BlackOut-NC is asking readers to contact their local representatives:
"We're making a list, and we need your help. Please contact your representative's office today and ask them for a commitment to vote for anyone other than Jim Black. Then let us know what they said. Blackout-NC will pass the info along as we get it.
Go give 'em some love, and then call your reps. That listmaking sounds like the right idea.