Take Back the House: Larry Kissell, NC-08 & Brad Miller, NC-13

Many of you have read the diaries written by Representative Brad Miller from North Carolina. You know that he gets science. You know he supports the blogging community and was part of a panel at Yearly Kos. You know he's a progressive and you probably know he's just a great guy - very honest, very smart and very genuine. What you might not know about Brad Miller is something that many of you will think is trivial, but I think is vitally important.

Have you heard the saying that 80% of success is just showing up? Well, Brad Miller shows up to vote. Every. Single. Time. He is one of only 5 representatives in the U.S. House that has bothered to show up for every single vote during the 109th Congress

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This record is something to be proud of. His support for technology and science is something to be proud of. His progressive record is something to be proud of. The new endorsement from Markos applauding Brad Miller's support of the online community is something to be proud of. All this could be taken away in November by Vernon Robinson, aka - One Bullet, No Gun. That's right, a man who is so desperate to be accepted he dresses up like a cowboy and panders for the gun vote. This is almost as pathetic as Bush in his flightsuit.

You've probably heard the stories about the slime tactics Robinson uses. He linked Brad and Markos romantically, though they'd never met and are both married; and he delved into the Millers' private lives as if the public had a right to know why they did not have children. As abhorent as it seems, this vile, loathsome man could be the next representative from the 13th District. As much as it pains me to say this, we need to keep Robinson in North Carolina and not send him to Washington.

True to his character, Congressman Miller wrote a diary earlier this week asking DKos readers to help out a couple of challengers before the deadline tomorrow (Friday). One of the candidates he has endorsed for your support is Larry Kissell, a candidate in North Carolina's 8th Congressional District. Larry Kissell is challenging flip-flippin' Robin Hayes. Larry is coming off some successful fundraising with two more planned before the deadline. I've blogged about Larry before as have others here on DKos. He has quite a following in this state. At the state convention this past weekend progressives from all over the state were flocking to Larry's table to find out how they can help.

There has been such a response from some areas that fundraisers, phone banks and neighborhood walks are being planned by voters outside the district. Everyone who meets Larry seems to feel the same way. Here's a report from a fundraiser held last night. Congressman David Price and BlueNC's Anglico teamed up for this amazing fundraiser where they raised more than $25,000 for Larry. Another fundraiser is June 30th in Robin Hayes's home town of Concord.

The polls look good and the fundraising is picking up. The candidate and staff are constantly on the move meeting as many people in the district as they can and getting the word out. For more information you can visit BlueNC or The Southern Dem.

Many of you have met Larry here and have been so generous with your financial support and your words of encouragement. Larry started out his campaign networking the online community in North Carolina. The enthusiasm and energy for this campaign is shared by the grassroots community and the local weblog community. I wish all of you could meet him in person so you would know why we feel so strongly about his candidacy.

Robin Hayes is a millionaire and Republicans will be piling on with leadership pac contributions this month, so it's vital that Larry raise as much as possible by Friday. If you still aren't sure, just read this diary by RANT that includes a letter from Larry's minister.

Precinct by precinct, district by district Democrats can win in the South. It won't be easy, so we can't afford to lose great Representatives like Brad Miller and we can't afford to lose the opportunity to replace Bush loyalists with excellent candidates like Larry Kissell.

Many of you have dug deep into your pockets already. Thank you for all you have done to help our candidates. For those of you who have a little more room in your budgets, please go here to help. Every $5 dollars counts. Here is an ActBlue link, or visit Larry Kissell's site or Brad Miller's site.

Thank you.



Great post!

I'm looking for the dKos version to recommend now.

Wow. $25K!!!

I hadn't gotten the word on the final tally, but that was my target number. Holy mackerel!

Holy crap, that's nice work

Anglico, you did a great thing by pulling that together. But that number is also a testament to Kissell himself. I'm having a hard time imagining a backyard fundraiser in Chapel Hill pulling that kind of support for just any candidate. Say, maybe, one who is an Iraq war vet who is spending more time with his family.

Thanks, Lance.

The real credit goes to David Price and his staff and team. They really drove the turn out and spread the word on this event.

OCDP did a pretty good job

of getting emails out about the event as well. I would have liked to have seen more young, local progressives there (I was on the end of the age scale). Perhaps (this is OT) future events could have a "young Dem" social before or after where younger dems could pay $10 and have a separate chat with the candidate before the main shindig.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

I like that idea RP

I was on the other end of the age scale at the event last night, and definitly felt out of place in that regard! However the ticket price was worth it and seeing that many top democrats in Anglico's place was great.

I do worry as well that we are passing up on the youth so far. After reading Crashing the Gate, I fear we have a lot of ground to make up in refenence to getting/attaining young people. And in conservative driven NC colleges in the Triangle and NC we could be in for a long haul if we don't act now.

I'm all for setting up and helping out younger dems meeting pre large fundraisers. Hell even a student ticket into the event and reserved time slot for candidate face time would be awesome.

Be just, and fear not.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

The barbeque fundraiser

in Raleigh on August 5th is only $20 and kids under 16 are free. I would love to take my girls, but I wouldn't have as much fun. We're working on a van caravan from Charlotte. I need to finish getting prices on that.

Please don't take that the wrong way. My girls are delightful and are even more delightful after being given the opportunity to miss me a little bit.

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

Recommend at Kos

Here is the link... sorry it took so long.

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


The Kos link for our event goes to comments instead of the top of the post. If you don't have anything else to do today . . .

Thanks for making all this happen. Larry clearly appreciates all you're doing to help the cause.

works now

fast fix.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Congrats, SD!

Your Kos diary received more comments than Linda Stender's front page Netroots Endorsement announcement (w/ picture). Sure glad Kos is throwing all that PrimeTime to such a popular candidate!

(ok...I know...yesterday's news. I couldn't help myself!)

Yeah...Kos and Bowers

will never move up in my view. They lost me respect over that "it's my site I'll endorse the candidates I want" after asking for the "community" input.

Fortunately, most of the community there makes the sites what they are - not Markos and Chris.

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

This was obviously written for DKos

I'm so sorry I didn't do a better version for BlueNC.

Anglico and his beautiful bride are amazing. That's all I can say.

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

I'm counting on you

I'm thinking my husband would take advantage of the opportunity to be rid of me ;)

Now...I need to fix a few things on this post so it has everything from DKos.

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

Great thread SD

To the DailyKos I go! Thanks for all your hard work tho on behalf of those just not as savvy as you darlin'.

Be just, and fear not.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.