On the upcoming US Senate primary

I’m the campaign manager for the Elaine Marshall for Senate Campaign. I’ve taken on this race because I believe that Elaine Marshall is exactly the type of candidate that Democrats need to nominate in 2010: A good government reformer with a solid track record of results and an outsider status.

In 2008, voters were searching for new faces and new ideas. Not this year. With a shaky economy, two wars and an overall mood of uncertainty, people are less likely to take risks on candidates with thin political resumes. Instead, they will be looking for experienced leaders they trust, a rare breed in politics today.

Elaine has earned that trust because of the nature of her accomplishments. As North Carolina’s Secretary of State, she has held financial services firms accountable (such as Deutsche Bank & Credit Suisse), taken on lobbyists in Raleigh, and been a committed advocate for open government in North Carolina. While lobbyists in the state might not like her too much, the voters do. She’s been elected statewide four times and in 2008 received the second highest vote total of any candidate in North Carolina history.

Ironically, the DSCC has given Elaine another advantage: defining her as the anti-establishment candidate with the establishment experience. While the DSCC has made clear their choice, they will not spend money directly in the primary. Instead, they will provide logistical support, advice, staff and contacts. Being the choice of Washington might be an advantage when talking to certain donors, not so much when talking to disgruntled voters.

If the DSCC spends money in the state, they will make that decision late next summer. If Burr’s numbers are still in the 40s in August, the national Democrats will play here regardless of the nominee. If Burr leads the nominee by double digits with an approval over 50%, they will take their money elsewhere.

With the current mixture of anxiety about the future and anti-Washington fervor, Elaine offers the starkest contrast to Burr. She’s a known quantity with a solid record but no ties to the DC establishment. If anybody can keep Burr’s numbers down, it’s her.

A.J. Carrillo
Campaign Manager
Elaine Marshall for Senate
http://www.elainemarshall.com

Frontpaged by James. I want to encourage as much campaign engagement here as possible. That doesn't mean we'll front-page every post from every campaign, but I believe this is a good step in the direction of better-informed voters.

Comments

Glad to see you back

If the DSCC spends money in the state, they will make that decision late next summer. If Burr’s numbers are still in the 40s in August, the national Democrats will play here regardless of the nominee. If Burr leads the nominee by double digits with an approval over 50%, they will take their money elsewhere.

I guess that means one of the main things bloggers and regular citizens can do is point out Burrrrrrr's extremely thin record of doing anything of any value ... without going so far as to cause people to feel sorry for the hapless schmuck? Lord knows, he's provided anyone who cares to look with plenty of ammunition to be used against him.

Her view on the issues?

Health care? Deficits? The two wars? etc. Nothing is on her website.

I'm glad to see Marshall's campaign engaging here.

I hope this isn't a "drive-by". I'd like to know Marshall's stand on several important issues. Marriage Equality. Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Early Care and Education. Mental Health Care Parity. Energy Issues. At least some of those issues will be addressed by the Senate in the next term.

The website does not list any position on any issue. Please - if you are not going to address on the website, come back here, and address the issues here. Thanks!

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edited to add

I just did a quick overview of the website each of the three candidates for the Democratic Nomination for US Senate. All I can say is - I am disappointed in all three. Not one of them talk about what the want to do in the future - just what they've done in the past. Well, all three of them have done great things - different things - but great things - in the past. What about the future. Why should we vote for any of them if they won't tell us if we don't know what they want to do?

A rolling conversation - not a drive by.

I appreciate everyone's patience, as I can't reply instantly as I have that whole campaign thing to deal with.

To your point and previous commenter's: We will be introducing our policy positions of substance, not platitudes over the coming weeks.

To briefly address some of the questions, Elaine supports the repeal of DOMA and DADT, took a stand against the escalation in Afghanistan, and she's was the only candidate to advocate for the Public Option.

We look forward to continuing the conversation.

Thanks, A. J.

I really appreciate you taking the time to answer - I appreciate it. I didn't expect to see an answer so quickly - thank you!

Thanks, Jake

I'm glad you've posted those answers. I agree, we don't need intra-party fighting, and I don't want to see it in this Primary. A Transgender Inclusive ENDA is very important to me, and of course, so is the right for adults to marry whomever they wish, and for men and women who wish to serve in our armed services to be able to do so without having to hide their personal life.

Excellent point

I just did a quick overview of the website each of the three candidates for the Democratic Nomination for US Senate. All I can say is - I am disappointed in all three. Not one of them talk about what the want to do in the future - just what they've done in the past. Well, all three of them have done great things - different things - but great things - in the past. What about the future. Why should we vote for any of them if they won't tell us if we don't know what they want to do?

You are right. Time we hear more than what they've done and what they stand for. We need to hear what (and just as importantly HOW) they plan to do.

where are you from?

and what is your experience?

As a new North Carolinian

I appreciate the information about Marshall's campaign.

I am a resident of the 9th Congressional district. I realize that the makeup of the district makes it highly likely that our, um, rather interesting Congresswoman will be re-elected. Still, I would be very interested in any information that anyone can share about any Democrats considering a run in the 9th.

The only one I have been able to find so far is Jeff Doctor. Does anyone know anything about him?

Thanks.

Oh gee whiz

Isn't it about time that Democrats in the 9th got together their closest 150,000 friends and retired Sue? :)

50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

You mean Liar Sue?

Liar Sue Myrick, who promised (like Francis Roche is promising) to serve only a few terms then leave office for good.

It's truly remarkable that she skated on breaking such a huge promise. How can so many people be so dumb?

I can think of one very good reason

to vote for any of the three who win the nomination. Because they will have earned the nomination of the Democratic party.

Have we forgotten so soon what we got from a Republican party that controlled all the levers of power at the national level? Would any serious person argue that those folks returning to power would not have an adverse effect on the lives of many Americans who can little afford to take the hit?

I understand that a winning candidate must have an affirmative message telling voters why they should pull the lever for them. That articulating a vision for the future is essential. A resume and a sterling history isn't enough. But frankly, I'd vote for Joe Schmuckatelli if he had a (D) next to his name. I don't want to see Mitch McConnell being referred to as "majority" leader any time soon. And I want to see Big Tommy's little girl keep running the House too.