Cross posted from dailykos:
A classic battle is in the making here for NC house 41st district currently held by (R) Russell Capps.
Ex Republican Men's Club President Chris Mintz is running as a Democrat for NC House district 41. Why is that? Incumbent Republican Russell Capps unexpectedly decided to run for another term, so life-long Republican Chris "The Chameleon" Mintz switched parties to run in the May 2nd Democratic primary as a Democrat. Even though in the weeks leading up to his controversial defection he was still touting his strong conservative credentials. Now he is forcing a primary against a true lifelong dedicated progressive Democrat and DFA
endorsed candidate Ty Harrell.
Mintz admits that he was asked to run and is backed by the real estate development lobby.
In his slick campaign appearances he claims he never really was a Republican and that he really is a moderate Democrat. This guy even claimed in a press release on his website"it is very humbling to have the support of these community leaders, with their help we have accumulated over $100,000 for our campaign" and then the very next day loaned
himself $100,000 dollars" Talk about hypocrisy and arrogance.
At a recent campaign appearance, during the very limited, one question per
person, no follow up format I asked how he can say he "left the Republican party
because of it's social views" when he publicly
stated on several occasions that he was a conservative Republican that supported
ultra conservative organizations, and helped raise close to $25,000 for the
Republican party and its candidates in the eight months prior to his controversial defection
including donating to ultra conservative Virginia Foxx who ranks 433
out of 433 at progressive punch.
His answer to the above, if you dissect
it, is classic spin. He says he also "donated to the Democratic party" but try
as I might after checking with the NC Dem party chair Jerry Meek and the local
wake county party chair I can find no record of any donations, support for,
canvassing for, or fundraising for the Democratic party or any of its national
or local candidates until after his wondrous conversion. And even then it took direct solicitations and they amounted to a paltry 1-2K at most.
In my opinion this only reinforces his chameleon like character.
show that once folks know about Mr Mintz's Republican past, Ty Harrell
wins hands down.
Please help spread the word about this blatant attempt by powerful real estate
development lobbyists in NC to get one of their good old boys into the legislature.
I know that Kos is mostly dedicated to helping federal candidates but if we in
the netroots really want to make a difference we need to support and help move
forward local candidates. These candidates will seed our future electoral fields
with the strong progressive roots we will need to nurture great future national
candidates. $50K to someone like Ty Harrell can go a long way towards fighting
the big money special interests contaminating our local politics. It would be
great if we can get KOS readers to support this great Democracy For America candidate
Check out the website we put up to help expose Chris
the Chameleon Mintz. In particular check out the time
line. If you can, please donate
to Ty's campaign, recommend this diary and help expose the DINO travesty that is happening
here in the NC house 41st district.
I would also greatly appreciate it if folks would link to the Chris The Chameleon Mintz website so we can get our google ranking up there.