Jim Neal endorses Cal Cunningham

You supported me in 2008 because you believed in a world where leaders look to the hopes of the future rather than the fears of the past – you believed in an America where politicians fight for those who can’t fight alone – you believed in a North Carolina where a new generation of leadership takes the helm.

Cal and I have met and pored over the issues and I’ve watched him closely as he’s taken his campaign to the people of North Carolina. I want to tell you directly – Cal Cunningham is the real deal.

Excerpted from Jim Neal's endorsement of Cal Cunningham.

Jim Neal has endorsed Cal Cunningham for US Senate

Read the full endorsement here.

Comments

I have worked for both of these candidates

And it's a real pleasure to see them together on the same campaign. I respect both men enormously for their intellect, courage and the energy each puts forth to better this state. Both Jim and Cal have taught me invaluable lessons about all of these things.

Well Frank

I can tell you this. You, are no longer my favorite endorsement of Cal. Jim Neal knocks you out of the water.

So, thanks for playing. We do have some interesting parting gifts.

Front Page?

Something tells me this would look good at the top of BlueNC's main page.

Thanks to Jim for his inspiring endorsement and thanks for Frank for putting this post together.

-- A liberal originally from Yadkin County. Did I just blow your mind?

Because you asked so nicely

I confess I was surprised by this announcement after Jim's tough fight against the machine two years ago.

What machine?

Exactly what "machine" did Mr. Neal fight against?

Jim Neal was soundly rejected by the voters because he was viewed as a carpetbagger, not because he was gay or too liberal. He had just returned to the state after being gone 25 years and decided that he should run for the highest office in the state. In my opinion, he was not ready for this office and over 80% of the Dem primary voters (a pretty liberal bunch overall) agreed.

That said, I would like to see him run for local or state office and work his way up. He has much to contribute, it appears to me.

Reminds me of the old joke about Catholics: they accept converts, but they don't make them pope the same day.

What machine?

You're kidding, right?

Wrong cause & effect

I worked on Jim's campaign, and I can tell you with the utmost of confidence what decided that Primary election: Kay running (the only) television commercial in the last few weeks of the Primary. Her lead went from marginal to overwhelming in a matter of days.

The voters didn't "reject" Jim Neal (for whatever reason), they accepted Kay.

Bingo

Jim Neal was soundly rejected by the voters because he was viewed as a carpetbagger, not because he was gay or too liberal. He had just returned to the state after being gone 25 years and decided that he should run

I'm gay, and I didn't support or vote for Jim Neal.

When choosing candidates, you don't choose someone who takes your best issue off the table.

A Jim Neal candidacy took the "Elizabeth Dole doesn't even visit NC" issue off the table. Those ads with guys in the rocking chairs wouldn't have had the same impact if someone who had only lived in the state for 18-24(?) months was on the ballot.

To take that lesson into the 2010 US Senate race...

It would be wise to evaluate what the best issue against Burr is, and then see how Cal and Elaine each look as a contrast to Burr.

I'd like to see each campaign (Cal and Elaine) do a preview of an ad contrasting their candidate with Burr.

That would be most helpful in determining who will have greater traction in Nov. And frankly, they need to start doing that contrasting now anyway. It's basically June, and early voting for the general election starts in October. You've got just over 90 days to draw the contrast with Burr, no matter who wins the runoff.

 

Once again, James, what "machine?"

You mean the "machine" that nominated Mike Easley in 1990 and Charlie Sanders in 1996 and DJ Martin in 1998? Or the one that made Ed Turlington party chair in 2005?

Oh right, none of that happened......