Seriously, what has happened to Larry Kissell?
Rarely has a newcomer burst onto the scene with so much hope and potential as Rep Kissell did after winning election last fall. I saw his election to NC's 8th district as a strong indication that a long silent majority had spoken. What they had spoken for were the tenets of President Obama's campaign message. Not just hope and change, but for strong action to reform the way our country uses energy, for an opportunity fix our broken healthcare system, and for a chance to restore our standing in the larger political community. Now, barely 1 year after taking office, what has Mr. Kissell (a man I once declared that I would be honored to have represent my district) done? In short, with his votes against strong clean energy and climate legislation, against healthcare for all and for a regressive amendment that not only tells women what they can and can't do with their own money, but also jeopardizes their health, he has turned his back on the people and the policies that helped sweep him into office.