Can we PLEASE avoid the circular firing squad in this primary?
Burr, with his billionaire backers across corporate America, is going to be tough enough--and we NEED to replace him. Any of the three announced Democratic candidates would be light-years ahead of our current echo chamber for right-wing talking points.
I've endorsed Elaine in part because she has the kind of statewide experience and record of quality service that deserves our respect. That the DSCC has apparently never even seriously considered supporting her is a gross insult to all public servants who happen to be female.
At the same time, I will be delighted to support Cal Cunningham if he is our nominee, and believe he would make an outstanding senator for our state.
Anyone who understands the realities of modern campaigning in a state of nine million people knows that it's an exercise in futility to run if you don't have the financial resources to do it right. And Cal, a good young lawyer who has spent much of his time for the past decade in uniform for our nation, and who does not come from a wealthy powerful family, knew the unfortunate reality. He didn't have the deep personal pockets to run and win without the backing of sources like the power Dems in D.C. Don't jump on Cal for being realistic about raw political realities.
I got hammered in a statewide primary last year, not because I couldn't match up with my respected opponents in debate and discussion, but because I couldn't raise the cash to reach millions of voters effectively.
And while I have endorsed Elaine, I have to say to Thomas--cut out the trash talking. You're losing support for Elaine with every negative attack you launch on Cal.
Regarding the third member of the candidates triumvirate, Ken Lewis, I have nothing negative to say. I've met him and he seems like a good person with worthy priorities. I simply don't know him well enough to speak in depth or detail about him and his qualifications. If he can put together the resources and infrastructure to win this primary, then blessings to him.
Let's give all our Democratic candidates the consideration they deserve. Let's make it a point to see to it that our primary winner is launched into a successful run to reclaim that Senate seat for the people of North Carolina next year.