Meet Jeff Hunt: Taylor's heir-apparent

At Saturday's Karl Rove Memorial 11th District Republican convention, no one could answer the question: "Will Taylor step aside?" So, of course, no one would answer the question: "If he does, who will run" against Democrat Heath Shuler?

However when Screwy Hoolie and I finally pinned him down, District Attorney Jeff Hunt, admitted that if 8-term former Congressman Charles Taylor doesn't run in 2008, "I'm at least looking very closely at it."

Watch him discuss his potential candidacy in this short video and hear him talk about why Republicans lost the Congressional seat they'd held for 16 years. You'll want to listen to the end to where he brings up the H-word and proudly compares Republicans to termites.

Also of note: Hunt tops the list of the Board of Directors of a new federal registered PAC called West Wins. Too young to have filed FEC financial disclosure reports, this is from the groups' website:

West Wins is a group of Republican workers who are dedicated to winning the 2008 governorship of North Carolina, winning back the 11th congressional seat, keeping our other congressional seats and our US Senate seats and winning offices from the Courthouse to the White House!

West Wins recognizes the need for Western North Carolina to unite to accomplish these goals. We are currently operating with a skeleton staff and dedicated volunteers. Our expertise and experience is well rooted in successful campaigns of WNC Republican candidates.

In case you're inclined to dismiss this organization due to its youth, consider these facts:

  • Its board includes Republican leaders from all three Western North Carolina DistrictsIncumbent
  • 5th District Congresswoman Virginia Foxx keynotes their May 5 "Campaign Kickoff Reception and Dinner (i.e., fundraiser)
  • They've mass mailed donation requests that start at $200 and range up to $2400.
  • They've instituted a sophisticated district-wide letter-to-the-editor campaign.

And, whether Taylor runs again or not, Hunt clearly plans to continue to be a major player in the upcoming Congressional race. Now one question remains: Will Taylor step aside early enough to give Hunt enough time to build name recognition -- his biggest deficit in this potential contest against the increasingly influential Shuler.

Comments

A swarm of termites

eating away at this country's infrastructure. Boy-oh, that'll GOTV. Interesting that they say that Clinton will energize the Republic's to vote....interesting.

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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They have no freaking clue

This is what I was saying to my mom about Elizabeth Dole earlier, and it seems to be doubly true for this guy.

The fact that Bush is still so highly regarded amongst core Republicans is incredibly telling. People like Dole cant fathom that anyone would not support Bush and not support the war, and they are surrounded by people who literally are dumbstruck by the opposition to Bush.

This guy just gave a bunch of reasons why Chucky lost, and not one was an issue or character comment. It wasnt the fact that Chucky was a lying POS. It wasnt Abramoff, or the blue wave or Iraq or anything. Voter Registration??? Seriously? You dont win by that many points with voter registration.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

Great report

It's good to know who the potential enemy is. And make no mistake, this guy is the enemy.

I had a funny teaser but

it doesn't show up when I click on the post . . . should I edit my diary to include the teaser? I'm confused about the teaser thing. If it doesn't show up what's the point?
 
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Don't worry I fixed it

It was dull without the teaser stuff. Plus the photo is missing . Oh well. I'll figure it out one day.
 
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I have teaser problems every day

I think I used it once productively . . . the rest of the time it's been more like torture.

I'm glad you said so

I spent so much time on it, I felt really bitchy about it and then wondered if I was burning all my bridges with you guys! I guess I'll just copy the photo to the post and be done with it!
 
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Excellent reporting!

Did he know you had your camera rolling or was it hidden in a bag? LOL.

He sounded pretty ticked the Democrats turned out the vote---he said, "they may be just one time voters." And, justified why they lost another big chunk of votes saying about how 'about half of those people usually vote for us." Was he referring to Black people, as "those people?"

NCDem: he meant that

the newly registered Dems might be one-time voters, but for "those" people, he meant unaffiliated types.

He saw the camera. Contrary to rumor, I have never videotaped anyone with a hidden camera OR the camera from a cell phone! I just didn't have time to get the tripod higher so I went with what I had. It was really really close to him. Notice how he zooms in when he says Hilary Clinton's name. It was freaky, he was so close.
 
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Thanks.

That's a good call.

Very interesting. I am convinced that "those people"

is the new code word speak for "black people" and "spanish people" here in the Evil Empire of the People's Republic of Asheville.

I hear that a lot, and from people who mean exactly that.

I do not think it a coincidence that this man uses that phrase.

I also think it is amazing that all these people bad mouth Asheville for our diversity, yet ask one where they are from, and see what answer you get.

Asheville.

So just the other day

I ate lunch with this dingbat. It was at the Western North Carolina Crime Victim Coalition Luncheon that happened in Down Town Asheville. He was up with a big group from his office. I was less than impressed with him then and there. Not to mention, there was a lot of influence, power, and money in that room, and he took no opportunity to work it. It strikes me that he would be a bad match to the fairly likable Shuler.

There was one woman there though that I would bet money on to be running for something at least. She is a former State Rep or Senator (I can't remember which) from, I think Henderson. I unfortunately didn't pay real close attention as I was chowing down on really good food that I was getting for free. (Hey I am a college student, what do you expect). Anyway, this woman apparently stepped down a few years ago, but she was still working the room like a pro. Came over and rubbed all up on Hunt and even introduced herself to us, a group of college students from the hippie school.

Now that I think about it, it makes so much sense now the way that Hunt's face fell when we sat down at his table and told him that we were from Warren Wilson. I guess he was hoping for some Montreat faithful.

CM

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

I want to know more!

Since I posted this, I've heard that the DA is a "moron, lazy," and has "pissed of a lot of people." He seemed to have an attitude of expectant privilege. He didn't seem to have respect for the rank-and-file Republicans at the event, much less anyone else! I'm sure he didn't think much of you hippie freaks!

So, maybe he would be fun opponent for Shuler. There's just a lot of Republican money floating around to be too complacent.

What else did you learn at the luncheon?

 
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There is not much more to say

At the time, I really didn't know who he was. I mean I thought that he was a goober and all, but other than that, I really didn't pay him much attention. All I remember was that he didn't think that it was fair or something that we had come from the east and gotten there on time and "his people" were having to come in from the south and were stuck in traffic. Seriously, that was all he could talk about for, I'm serious here, 20 mins.

Two things: 1) Van Duncan (the new Democratic Sheriff) was very well spoken and seems like he is all business and about actually helping victims while respecting the rights of the accused.
2) Beverly Perdue's General Counsel, Will Polk, was the key note speaker. While I am sure that he has done good work for the crime victims of NC (I think they said he was in the AG's office before he was in the Lt. Gov's) he was not an extremely strong public speaker, and that reflected poorly on the Lt. Gov. even though Mr. Polk had been asked there when he was still in the AG's office. He was fine when he stuck to script, but anytime he tried to get off it, he would wonder off into some far field, frolic with the goats for a while and then wonder back. It was painful, and to be honest I felt a little sorry for him and for the Lt Gov for, as I said, it reflected poorly on her. (I don't mean to be mean spirited here, but I think that Mr. Polk's speech could have been more focused and more concise)

That is about all I got out of it. Take it for what its worth.

CM

Oh PS-- there was a whole lot of fire power in the room, what with all the cops etc. It was most likely the safest place in Asheville for that 2 hour window.

Now it is time to write this 5-8 pager I have been putting off all weekend....

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The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

Thanks for the report

I'm glad to hear Van Duncan impressed.

Isn't it amazing how many public officials send bad speakers to represent them? I'm constantly dumbfounded. "Frolic with the goats . . . " You're funny. Have fun with your paper.

Come to Drinking Liberally sometime. It's on Coxe St. near the bus station. It's THursday nights at 7. Or have I already met you there ???
 
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Nope, youve never seen me there

Although in NH in 2004 I met (and actualy shared a room with) the guy from NY that got the whole off the ground a few years ago.

After I get graduation behind me (3 weeks!) I will more than likely start making the rounds.

BTW, you know anyone in Asheville hiring recent college grads to do political organizing? Either that or know any rich folks willing to give me money and let me do as I will with it?

Just thought that I would ask.

CM

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The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

Not exactly hiring season

What's your experience? You want to do issues or a candidate? Not that I know anyone or group hiring . . . But you might as well get some practice braggin'
 
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Well let me tell you...

I have done field work for a presidential in NH (Clark), as well as field work for other issues and candidates. To be honest, I like issues better than candidates because to work for a candidate I have to really believe in them. It is easier for me to believe in issues over people. Not to mention issues rarely come back to bite you in the ass. People often do.

I mean I got the whole resume thing going, and I got a couple of possible leads, so I am working it like it is the Sunset Strip.

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The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

Good luck

And keep in touch . . .
 
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One more thing

I like the lead on the West Wins site. Here is one for our version:

The party of Jack Abramoff, Tom Delay, and Paul Wolfowitz is not the Party for Western North Carolina!

This is fun...lets think of some more. I could list them all day!

CM

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

thanks for doing this

thanks for putting this together and posting it

it's great that he was willing to talk candidly