Help me prove Stuart Rothenberg wrong

I've met Stuart Rothenberg. He seems like a very nice man. However, like my opponent Robin Hayes, I think that maybe Mr. Rothenberg has been in Washington too long to understand that a people powered campaign isn't an urban legend.

Thus in response to Rothenberg's latest column, For House Races now, It's All A Question of Money, I say he doesn't get it. At all.

Kissell’s fundraising this time has been stunningly inadequate. He may still win, but not because of anything he has done in fundraising.

I make no apologies. I have more than 15,000 donors. I'm not a lawyer and I wasn't born rich. I worked in a textile mill for 27 years and now teach school in one of the poorest Districts in the nation. I humbly thank each and every $5 donation I get from a laid off mill worker, struggling Wal-Mart employee or friend on the Internet because I know how hard it is to fill that tank, look for work and raise a family.

In 2006, when I came within 330 votes of upsetting one of the richest men in Congress (with less than $100 in the coffers), I did so with more than a little help from my friends. Our campaign won the DCCC's 2006 Democratic Day of Action with close to a thousand volunteers knocking on doors and making phone calls.

Not one of them gave me a $2,000 check. They gave me something much more precious - their labor.

This Saturday, July 26, is the next Democratic Day of Action. I need each of you to help me prove Stuart Rothenberg wrong. Call 877-428-4048 or email to sign up for as little as 5 phone calls this Saturday to win North Carolina's 8th District.

How often do you get a chance to spend 5 minutes to raise $100,000 for a candidate and prove a Washington Insider wrong?


I really appreciate your help this Saturday

And recommending the cross post to help get the word out.

Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers for my wife Tina. She's going to be fine. She just wants us to win the Democratic Day of Action.

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Robin Haye's most recent constituent email

Hey Larry, I thought you might appreciate a recent response to my congressman's update on his latest achievements or efforts in the House. Go ahead and have a few laughs...

Dear Congressman Hayes,

In your most recent message to me, you included the following paragraph:

"It is my firm belief that the U.S. textile and apparel industry is vital to the economic security and national security of our nation. I can assure you that I will continue to work to expand the Berry Amendment to the Department of Homeland Security and extend the Textile Monitoring Program to help support a strong U.S. textile industry, its workforce and help make our county more secure."

If this is indeed your belief, then apparently you are very much "behind the eightball".
I hate to tell you this but the textile industry has been decimated in the past twenty years to the point of extinction in NC & SC. If former mill employees weren't lucky enough to be retrained, then they are probably working part time at Walmart, where they have no health insurance, 401K or other benefits necessary for middle class existence. While the paragraph in question might sound good to some of your constituents, others more "in the know" realize that this is bogus pandering since, essentially, there is no more textile industry in the U.S. and anyone that might benefit from such an amendment are few, if not nonexistent. Whatever is left of the textile industry certainly is NOT vital to the national and economic security of our nation. Its all down the drain at this point, shipped to China, Mexico, Brazil and for most of what stayed, bankrupt. Come on, Mr. Hayes, why am I having to explain this to you of all people? Here's an idea. How about voting to end the nonsensical, purposeless, fiasco your moron-in-chief got us into in Iraq. The benefits realized from this would outweigh a trillion fold whatever menial benefits might come from your "Berry Amendment Extension" which seems to target a few straggler companies that make uniforms for the army. In fact, your legislation goes against the Republican mantra of free and open markets. If Burlington Industries can't survive as a textile company without government contracts for military uniforms then tough. Isn't that just another form of socialism? And hey! Why shouldn't the military be able to buy their uniforms from the lowest bidder? Its a global marketplace out there, and free trade and open markets are the new rules of the game. I want my military to get the best price for their very scrutinized defense budget buck! Now I've got another idea. Why don't you try and channel your energy into something more significant. Like tackling the issue of no bid contracts that have been going to some of Mr. Cheney's colleagues and buddies over at Halliburton or Kellogg, Brown and Root for the past six years. There you go. A few ways for you to make a REAL difference to your constituency in, what I can only hope, will be the last couple of months of your tenure in Congress.