Don't Count on DCCC to help Larry Kissell

A few days ago, Larry Kissell wrote a diary on DailyKos titled No Confidence in Politics as Usual. Tucked away in that diary was this little morsel:

The Washington folks seemed shocked that we recently polled and it showed my opponent is in big trouble and the district agrees with me that we've had enough.

That's right. There's a poll. Unfortunately, I can't get my hands on it, but what I've heard so far is that Robin Hayes is in more trouble than he's ever been in and Larry Kissell hasn't lost momentum. From what I hear - and I promise to produce the poll if it is ever released - on the uninformed poll question, the two candidates (Kissell v. Hayes) are neck and neck.

Hayes appears to be operating out of desperation if the tone of his fundraising letters is any indication. A commenter in the above mentioned diary had this to say:

I know Larry Kissell, supported him in his last run, and am proudly supporting him again. He should have won in 2006, and would have won with only a few dollars more. It was a hard call for the NC Democratic Party, but a wrong call not to get Larry the funds he needed.

Yesterday, I received a letter at my Durham, NC home from Robin Hayes, whom Larry is running against. I haven't read the letter, but on the face of the envelope was this message "On Election Day the Democrat Party and the anti-military MoveOn.org came within 327 votes of defeating me. Now they're back to finish the job. My friend, I need your immediate help..."

Democrat Party, anti-military Moveon.org; do you have any doubt that Robin Hayes would resort to fascist tactics to hold his seat? Mr. Hayes, it is the people of North Carolina that are back to finish the job or removing your vile, contemptible ass form the halls of our Congress!

Please help Larry get this job done!

Hayes, is wrong, though. It wasn't the Democratic Party or MoveOn that almost beat Robin Hayes. It was high school Civics teacher, Larry Kissell. He was just a few votes and a few dollars short of winning. One mailer in Mecklenburg County could have made the difference - a mere $5000 would have easily paid for that mailer. Money Rahm and the DCCC sent to a variety of campaigns - many of them losing efforts with much larger margins than this pure grassroots/netroots campaign.

I've read comments on diaries and there are assumptions being made that Larry Kissell will be the DCCC's first red-to-blue candidate. I don't know about you, but I'm not banking on that. I know Larry isn't. He and his campaign have fundraisers planned every week throughout the state. Most of them are small dollar affairs. North Carolina's 8th District is full of people who can give their time, but their wallets are empty.

There was recently a very successful event in Chapel Hill and events are coming up in Albemarle and Concord. I will report back on the Concord event next week as I will be attending.

Many in the progressive online community supported Larry Kissell financially last cycle and he's going to have to count on us again. Folks at BlueNC, DailyKos, MyDD and Firedoglake - just to name a few - gave Larry strong financial support. He needs us again. In his words:

I'm not a rich man and I will never match my opponent dollar for dollar, but with your help, if we start now, we can put all of our small voices and dollars together to have a big voice on election day.

Robin Hayes has a net worth of over $55 million. He has the power of incumbency, contacts with corporate PAC donors and gets hundreds of thousands from Republican candidate leadership PACs. Larry has us.

I'll post several times between now and the end of the quarter asking for your help for Larry. I wouldn't do it if I didn't believe in Larry Kissell. I met him about 14 months ago and I was swept away - not because he said things I wanted to hear, but because his humility, honesty and integrity are right there in the open when you meet him. Fourteen months later, I still feel the same way.

Please give if you can. Here is a link to my ActBlue page. Here is a link to the Kissell ActBlue page and this will get you to his website in case you want to go with Paypal or snail mail.

Thank you!

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I have this up at Kos

Here we go...Please rec at Kos.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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rec'd at Daily Kos.

I wish I had been around last weekend.

One man with courage makes a majority.
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Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Pleeeenty more opportunities

over the next 18 months.

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Woo Hoo...thank you



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I specifically remember

I specifically remember responding to a phone poll in May, but I have yet to see the results surface anywhere on the Internet. So, if you do find it, please do let us all know about it.

im not sure

what the numbers are. Larry said at the fundraiser and at his diary that the results were great, but I havent seen them.

But, this far out, a poll is not so meaningful. We already know this has a potential to be a big win. But we have a lot of work to do before we can realize that potential.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

Kissell and the dccc

Hi
I may never support the dccc, but I believe it is only fair to remind us that mr. rahm emanuel came to a fund raiser for Kissell a few months ago, after the election, to beg our forgiveness and to pledge support to Kissell. Of course, rahm is no longer the head of dccc. But i wonder where Southern Dem gets the information to say that we can not assume dccc is going to support Larry kissell? IS this hyperbole ?

TurnNCBlue

Its not hyperbole

Its that we have to do a certain amount no matter what. The DCCC saying they are going to help isnt going to give us a win.

And you know what, we have to do everything just in case they dont help. Because Larry can win this, and his win shouldnt be dependent upon a promise of anyone.

Thats not to say the DCCC wont help, and their help would be a huge boost to the campaign. Its just that assumptions could doom Larry, so why assume?

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

Um...no...it isn't hyperbole

it's common sense.

There are no guarantees and if the Kissell campaign doesn't keep up the fundraising, the DCCC will not prop up the campaign. Common.Freaking.Sense.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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It's a good post and keeps Larry's name out there

It's time that the DCCC and other Powers-that-be recognize how important grassroots and netroots support is to a campaign. They've got to recognize that things are changing and We The People got pissed, got involved and intend on changing things. I support her efforts and Larry Kissell's campaign and would rather contribute directly to the candidate than HOPE a donation to the DCCC goes to one I support.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Thanks, Mo

The Kissell campaign liked the post. They linked to it on their newsletter sent out via email today.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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I got an email too

went to Kos and commented and rec'd .... you always have such good posts and great subject matter. I'll bet 'ol Patty Cakes will be squirming when he finds out he has both you and DQ to contend with. Sounds delicious!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

Thanks.....

easy to have good subject matter when I'm writing about Larry Kissell.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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