Weekend assignment

It's been a long 20 years since Richard Burr first went to Congress, but his last ten years in the Senate have been especially disheartening. With a long list of nothing to claim as accomplishment, Burr has been a disappointment through and through. National security. Healthcare. Inequality. You name it, Richard Burr has toed the Republican party line every step of the way.

And look what it got us. George W. Bush off the leash, two misguided wars, a trillion dollar deficit, and years spent digging out. And how did Richard Burr respond at the height of the financial crisis he helped cause? He told his wife to run to the ATM and take out cash.

This week, Deborah Ross announced she's challenging Richard Burr for his US Senate seat. Hallelujah.

I don't know Deb Ross, but my impression is entirely positive. Practical. Smart. And incredibly hard working. Three things Richard Burr is not.

All of which leads to your weekend assignment. Go to Deb's website and check her out. Sign up to help. If you can give money, do that too. Few things are more important to do this weekend. Let's help her get off to a powerful start.



I cannot support Deborah Ross, James

I can't support Ross. I like Mayor Rey, but I don't like his chances of winning.

Is there not anyone else waiting in the wings to carry the Democratic banner in the US Senate race i 2015? We will certainly lose, if former Rep. Ross is the candidate.

I can think of half a dozen others across the state who would appeal to more voters in the general election than Deborah Ross. One FB friend who asked me to support Ross, answered my pm asking "why?" saying, "Sometimes you have to hold your nose and do these things."

Martha Brock

Care to explain?

I don't know her very well, we used to be on a board together, but that's the extent of my personal knowledge. Everything else is from second hand input and media coverage. Nothing has never struck me as "off" or negative in anyway.

Her campaign sure seems like it's off to a rousing start, and I'm going to get on board. It's very late in the game for anyone else to jump into this race.

No, I don't want to criticize (more)

James, I do not care to speak ill of Deborah publicly, as she could end up being our only alternative to Sen. Burr. I think Deborah will know why.

Martha Brock

Too late

  1. You can't vote for her.
  2. We'll lose if she's the candidate.
  3. You have to hold your nose to vote for her.

But you don't care to speak ill of her publicly, huh?

Or is it that you care very much to speak ill of her publicly but you don't care to back up your opinions with facts?

Proud member of BlueNC for more than 9 years

Point taken, Bill

I don't know you, but I understand your criticism. I replied privately to James with my facts and concerns.--and I amended my subject line to end with the word "more." As in I did not care to say more publicly. Anyone who seriously wants my opinion can contact me privately via bluenc.com or in any number of other ways.

My reasons are partly personal and partly political. I want the Democrats to take back Burr's seat, bottom line, and I had seen James' post and went to Ross' website. There is little there at this point other than a photo, a brief bio, and a way to donate.

I also posted again on the race late last night to try to provide info on the other candidates, and what the polls now show. Which is also not of much help.

Martha Brock

There's reality and then there's reality.

In the past year, I've changed my attitude completely about elections. I am now doing my best to speak no ill of Democrats who are running for office. If I can't say something nice, I don't say anything at all.

Primary season will be swift next year. Candidates have six months to define themselves and built momentum.

Deborah Ross is doing just that at a remarkable pace. I don't know how she was recruited, and I don't care. She seems to a powerful and effective voice who has already enrolled an army. And I hope she becomes the Democratic nominee. Her website will take shape soon enough.

I used to work hard and speak up for long-shot candidates. And I still do that from time to time. I was even a long-shot candidate myself for six months. But speaking up for a candidate is very different from speaking ill of a candidate.

Frankly, James I don't understand

I started to say "don't give a dame," just to be dramatic, but I caught myself.

For a self-professed atheist, you sound kind of pious. Like a new convert, who wants everyone else to take note and follow in his path.

You are certainly entitled to your opinion. But to say there is only one reality and you know what it is? I can't go there.

Martha Brock

I'm not sure what my religion

I'm not sure what my religion or lack thereof has to do with this.

I wrote about how I'm approaching primary elections these days. If you choose to take that as piousness on my part, that sounds like a personal problem. I didn't say a damn thing about what you or anyone else should do.

N&O Column by Rob Christiensen ignores Kevin Griffin

Christiensen calls the Democrats' 2016 US Senate Primary race a "no name race" with no candidate with broad name recognition. He also ignores one announced candidate, Business Owner Kevin Griffin of Durham, but floats the name of state Senator Joel Ford of Meckenburg County.

Here is quote from Christiensen's column:

The Democratic U.S. Senate primary could be called the no-name election.

Most North Carolina voters, polls suggest, have never heard of former state Rep. Deborah Ross of Raleigh or Spring Lake Mayor Chris Rey, who now appear likely to be the two main candidates in the March 15 primary, for the right to face Republican Sen. Richard Burr next fall.

A third Democrat, state Sen. Joel Ford of Charlotte, is also looking at the race.

Ford is finishing his 2nd term in office and served as Chair of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party from 2008-2011. He graduated from the Institute of Political Leadership (2009) and Leadership North Carolina.

Ford's State Senate campaign website describes hims as "business Democrat, who is currently a business operations executive for Stone Laurel in Charlotte. Joel has owned and operated several small businesses in his 22-year professional career and understands what small business owners go through every day..."

Martha Brock