Orange County Leaders Endorse Elaine Marshall

It's been a whirlwind week for Elaine Marshall's campaign for Senate with endorsements and momentum coming from every direction. In the last 72 hours, Elaine was endorsed by two of the state's biggest newspapers, the Charlotte Teamsters, and Pam Spaulding from Pam's House Blend.

This week got even better when a slew of Orange County elected officials announced their support for Elaine Marshall. I've posted a full list below, but this is another sign of Elaine's incredible momentum.

The following was released earlier today:

Leaders from Orange County came out in support of Secretary of State Elaine Marshall in her bid for U. S. Senate. Marshall received the endorsement of state Senator Ellie Kinnaird and Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton as well as several county commissioners and virtually the entire Board of Aldermen in Carrboro.

“Elaine Marshall is a proven leader who is the strongest candidate to take on Sen. Richard Burr in November,” said Sen. Kinnaird. “She has the experience and backbone to stand up for North Carolina in the U. S. Senate.”

Other endorsers include:

Pam Hemminger, Orange County Board of Commissioners
Barry Jacobs, Orange County Board of Commissioners
Mike Nelson, Orange County Board of Commissioners
Joal Hall Broun, Carrboro Board of Aldermen
Dan Coleman, Carrboro Board of Aldermen
Jacquelyn Gist, Carrboro Board of Aldermen
Randee Haven-O’Donnell, Carrboro Board of Aldermen
Lydia Lavelle, Carrboro Board of Aldermen

This news also comes on the day that our campaign shattered our $20,000 online fundraising goal launched late last week. With the news that we've met our goal, we'll be hitting the airwaves next week so stay tuned to see our new ad. If you can help, please consider chipping in $5 or more to strengthen the buy!



I can't take credit though, Elaine is awesome all on her own! I'm just along for the ride.

Not suprising

if I am recalling correctly, she was the only one to receive a standing ovation at the end of her speech at the Orange County Democratic Party convention out of Elaine, Cal, and Holly Lewis.

I think any of them could handle themselves in a debate against Burr.

Where will she be on television?

Obviously I am a Cunningham supporter, but I am very curious to see how her ads will stack up against Cal's. I am sure they will take very different approaches to the same topic. Still, to see how Elaine approaches TV vs. what Cal has already done will be very interesting for the largely non-informed voting public witness.

Will she be in the Triad market where I can see her?

-- A liberal originally from Yadkin County. Did I just blow your mind?

Thank you Mike

And I will.

-- A liberal originally from Yadkin County. Did I just blow your mind?

TV ads will still be effective

I believe so long as they are before primary day.

Chapel Hill/Carrboro, perhaps the brightest blue spot in the state which should have plenty of voters during the primary, haven't even turned out yet.

I saw Jim Neal post on facebook earlier today about voting saying " I was voter #9 for today and #235 total." With the Carrboro Town Hall not an option for voting this time the Planetarium is getting most of the Chapel Hill & Carrboro & nearby area voters.

Given that its an off year election, I think early voting is going to be less important than it was say in 2008. I still think all the campaigns need to do all they can to turn out early votes among those most committed voters.

But TV ads that hit before primary day itself will still have a large impact. I do hope the Elaine camp has TV ads in the works though. Not having them at all would seriously hurt, but not having them yet isn't a big concern I don't think given the nature of this election season.

No I am not

And frankly, Mr. Richir, I don't like your accusations. Mr. Nellis, Mr. Eaton and everyone else who has had skin in this game has been very forthcoming about their connections with their respective campaigns. I applaud them for that and believe it is essential to gaining and keeping online credibility.

I have made it clear, and still do to this day, that I am a Cal Cunningham supporter. Was long before he got in the race and will be so until the day this race concludes. However, I have never received a dime from this campaign and, if I did or was currently/formerly on staff, I would acknowledge that.

But, I do resent your overtures, seeing as how you have been paid by both the Lewis and Marshall campaigns, yet fail to make that known in your often caustic and witless remarks. You follow me on Twitter, so you know who I am. We are friends on Facebook as well. I make no attempts to hide my identity or allegiances in this race -- or any others.

So, if you want to take your proverbial kick ball and go home because the race is not going the way that you choose, please find someone else to make crass remarks towards. I have worked too hard, for FREE mind you, to see Cal Cunningham win this primary. And I am damn proud of that.

Plus, I have never used my online soapboxes to bash other campaigns -- lest they hurled slanderous or misconstrued accusations towards me or my preferred candidate first. I believe in an open, honest discusssion between adults about candidates preferences and differences -- not biting, belligerent remarks that demean or seek to discredit a candidate's decency (and they are all decent in this race) or deeply held beliefs on the issues, whether they line up 100% with my own or not.

I would only ask that you do the same.


-- A liberal originally from Yadkin County. Did I just blow your mind?

Mike is fine

Mr. Nellis is my Father (as cheesy as that sounds...).


I needed a laugh. For some reason this did it.

"Old man, sign ze paper."

Hell, Mike, I had a forty-something guy (wearing a suit, no less) call me "sir" the other day.

I wanted to say, "Dude. I'm only forty nine." But I was afraid he'd say, "Really?" ;/


I feel awkward about it since I'm only 22 and haven't really earned "sir" or "Mr" status.

damn proud and the rest

Apparently so proud that you still don't give your own name.

I try to be clear about who I am, who I speak for, and what I stand for. That's why I go by my own name, and not "Cheesepuff" or "Blue Bully" or something similar. I recognize that I have a certain luxury in that the progressive candidates I favor tend to know what they stand for, and aren't waiting for a DC consultant to inform them of their positions.

I regret that the DSCC has thrown an apple of discord into our state by endorsing an unknown conservative, particularly when there are more inspiring Democrats running.

You have said that you speak for Cunningham's campaign and that you hope to be employed by Cunningham. Forgive me for assuming that you were successful in that endeavor. I didn't think you would take it as an insult.

As I've said repeatedly, I speak for no campaign - I left the NCDP specifically so I could speak for myself in these matters. I am glad that the NCDP has stayed somewhat neutral, and am quite confused that Cunningham supporters fail to respect the value in a unified Democratic party.

So sad

Please find more useful things to do at 2:41am than attack my credibility and preference in a candidate. Like sleeping.


-- A liberal originally from Yadkin County. Did I just blow your mind?

I agree with Corn

The policy differences in this primary are minor. Very inside baseball stuff, that mostly only we bloggers seem to care about.

Why one of the bloggers here at BlueNC has decided to turn this rather intramural primary affair into a personal crusade to call out and personally attack the folks who agree with him 90% of the time is beyond me.

Especially at 2:30 in the morning. That's pretty weak.

We were on the same side in November 2008, and a year ago, and in two months I'd like to think that we can all come together and focus our efforts on defeating Richard Burr and getting North Carolina's economy back on track.


The policy differences in this primary are minor.

How can this even be typed?

Afghanistan anyone?

Isn't part of BlueNC to push Democrats (and the entire discussion) to a more progressive place?

It seems to me the tension is over defining progression and how quickly to move -- a natural tension in all discussions of movement.

Can NC handle electing a person that espouses or is one of X, Y or Z? Well, that's what we're here for.

If BlueNC is just a platform for all who label themselves Democrats -- no matter their positions, affliations or records, that's fine. Just tell me that's what it's all about.



I label myself an independent Democrat, in order to distance myself from the corporatists. That said, you know as well as I do that the BlueNC community is exactly as diverse as those who take the time to post and comment.

Major Policy Difference

DOMA repeal is a major policy difference that could directly affect my life a great deal.

That said, I'll still be proud to support Cunningham if he is the one who makes it to November. And I very much encourage everyone to unite behind the winner. And I agree with your overall sentiment that we need not attack each other so much.

But DOMA repeal I see as a major difference.

Not Really

Because there are no plans to bring repeal of DOMA in the next six years so it is a position in theory only.

What about UAFA?

UAFA is another difference which will probably be decided this or next year.

And I'd hope that a candidate taking a stand on DOMA repeal would do something to help that happen within the next 6 years.


One a freshman Senator is not going to be able to do much on Doma it will only come up for a vote if and when the Majority leader knows he has 60 votes.

Two what is the UAFA I do not know that one.

Uniting American Families Act

It would give bi-national gay partners the same right to be together as everyone else.

It may be a part of immigration reform (more likely) or happen on its own, much the same way the DADT repeal may be a part of the Defense Authorization Bill (more likely) or happen on its own.

My guess is Dadt repeal

Will not be part of this years Defense Autorization Bill it maybe in another years though. And Immigration reform is going to be hard enough to pass without adding gay legislation to it, I do not think will at this time, let alone adding it. But who knows stanger things have happened.

This Year

General Colin Powell who served under Bush, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates who served under President Bush and President Obama, Admiral Michael Mullen the highest ranking officer in the United States armed forces, and General David Petraeus who obviously knows a little something about the current conflicts, all agree that DADT needs to be repealed. President Obama called for DADT repeal during his speech during the National Equality March weekend, and again during the state of the union saying "this year."

Kay Hagan recently added her support to the Military Readiness Enhancement Act which brings it very close to the votes needed to put it on the Defense Authorization Bill. DADT was born on the Defense Authorization Bill so to shall it die.

And I strongly disagree with your belief that every gay rights issue I've mentioned will happen in the future, and that it just isn't time now, especially with DADT repeal & UAFA, and that we shouldn't use that to judge a candidate. The argument that policy differences don't matter because freshmen senators don't have much power is something I completely disagree with. Policy differences matter most of all.

I'd also add, that if you are right about DOMA repeal not being considered until near the end of President Obama's second term (he has said he'll sign DOMA repeal into law if it reaches his desk I believe), and that new senators don't have a lot of power, then that precisely states why we need to put in a candidate who supports DOMA repeal now so that he or she will have some sway by the time DOMA repeal is considered.

These issues are important HERE, which is why we come here

The policy differences in this primary are minor. Very inside baseball stuff, that mostly only we bloggers seem to care about.

My point was, these are issues that the folks here at BlueNC are very passionate about. But out there, lots of folks still don't even know there's a primary going on.

Afghanistan does seem to be the one of those differences. But freshmen Senators don't get to decide an awful lot on foreign policy.

As I've said before, I think highly of all the democratic candidates in this primary.

Cal Cunningham inspires me though, and that's why I'm happy to serve as the Volunteer Coordinator for his campaign.

Hera have mercy

But freshmen Senators don't get to decide an awful lot on foreign policy.

They just get elected President and double down on a centuries-old quagmire.

Don't blame me, I voted for Hillary. That is what ugly, divisive primaries are for. Finding out what someone really stands for.