NC-08: I'm Larry Kissell and You CAN Make a Difference!

I'm Larry Kissell, and I'm running for Congress.

It may be corny, but I really do believe that one person can make a difference -- and that is why I'm running. I couldn't sit back anymore and just complain about the state of my country. Whether you are religious or not, I hope you can understand the feeling of being called to something and realizing that whatever the obstacles, you have to see it through. It hasn't been easy, especially as a regular working American, and far from a wealthy one after 27 years in textiles. I've had to spend a great deal of time away from my family. I have used credit cards to loan my campaign more than $35,000. And I have pledged to take a leave of absence from teaching this fall.

I have taken some huge risks to run for Congress, but I know it is what I'm supposed to do. Anytime I get tired or frustrated, all I have to do is turn on the news and I remember why I'm running. Our government is a mess. We as citizens have to take it back and clean it up. It is our sacred responsibility. You're engaged and doing your part, and I draw strength from each and every one of you.

Thank you netroots!

I feel truly blessed. My bid to take back North Carolina's pivotal 8th district seat has soared from an upstart grassroots campaign to a well oiled machine hitting on all 8 cylinders in no time. And you made the difference. The attention from all my friends at BlueNC, MyDD and Daily Kos is humbling. There was never a doubt in my mind I was doing the right thing, no matter the challenges, no matter what the politicos may say, as many of you have been right there with me all along. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

My favorite part of a long day of working, campaigning, dialing for dollars and planning for November is sitting down to thank new friends from as far away as Hawaii or New York that have already invested in this fight. You've shown me that good people are the same all over. We want change, we want what's right. And most importantly, you've validated what I've known all along. I'm the right candidate, with the right issues, in the right year, in the right district, and I'm going to retire Robin Hayes from doing any more damage to our nation for good.

I'm committed to winning this election. There are 70,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans in NC-08. It has a Democratic Performance of more than 50%, in a year already breaking anti-Republican and anti-incumbent. I've been blessed to attract the right staff, the right endorsements and the right interest and this is the year we take it back.

I'm inviting you to join my fight. My opponent has over a million dollars already on hand. Here is what we have to say to that -- He is going to need it, every penny, because the people of North Carolina are fed up with his broken promises and caving in to President Bush twisting his arm time and again whenever the Republicans need another rubber stamp. I don't need the most money, just enough money. And thanks to you I'm off to a great start.

Please visit my campaign website, read our press, check our issues and stand with me in sending a clear message to Washington this year -- We've had enough!

Together, we can make a difference.

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina, 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change


Thank You, Thank You, Thank You BLUENC!!!

Love you guys!

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

Someone Working...For a Change


Thank you. You are doing the people's work. Watching politics can make a person cynical, but your campaign makes me excited—in my gut, excited—not only for NC-8, but for the process. Keep it up, Larry!

We love you too

Thanks for posting Larry! It's great to see you here.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


Thanks so much for stopping by, Larry. We know you're slammed and it means a lot.

Reading your post gave me the chills -- in a good way. Because it's very, very clear that you mean what you say and that you're doing the hard work to run a smart campaign. We're doing what we can and we'll be out and about this morning pushing all we can.

Stay strong.


Thanks for stopping by

Hopefully we will be able to hold flip-floppin' Robin accountable in November.

Everyone needs to contribute to this candidate!

OK, we all have at least $20 that we can send Larry Kissell. Just think, how much would it mean to you to have a new Congress. This guy clearly has what it takes. Join me in going to ACTBLUE and becoming part of this campaign. Do it, do it right now!

Link to DKos post

Here you go...let's all recommend...Larry Kissell on DKos

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Recommended on Kos

Larry's diary is already recommended on DailyKos. Keep pumping it up. I also noticed that a lot of the recommenders were regulars here.

I even enlist my lovely wife

when we need an extra push! But don't let up. We need a good solid run this morning to make a dent.

No, THANK YOU, Larry!!!

Great to see you stoping by Mr. Kissell. Cabarrus County voters alone have realized the farce that is Robin Hayes.

My Bush-voting, Republican parents will be voting for you in November, as they have had enough of Flip-Floppin' Robin's false promises.

Thank you Larry!

Link to Mydd post

He's already recommended, but let's keep it going and keep him will build through the morning. Here's the Mydd link.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own. Larry is not only running for

Congress with a primary election just days away, but he's still teaching AND he takes time to post on Kos. I mean...if that doesn't impress them, what in heaven's name will?

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


I think it's time you move out of Mel Watt's district, and down to Cabarrus County. Your taxes will be lower, and you'll be able to enjoy the benefit of being represented by Larry Kissell for years to come!


Hehe...I'm trying to

at least temporarily. We are building in Lincoln Co...I don't think they have Dems there...I might be the first to move in. ;) However the girl's school is in Larry's district and we may move there temporarily if our current home sells quickly.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

The great Kos himself just rec'd the diary

Heh...the great and might Koz...get it? OK...too much caffeine for me!

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I believe!!!

Thanks Larry- as a former 8th District resident now in VA, it will be my pleasure to return to NC and work for you. Congress needs more men and women like you who haven't forgotten their roots and who speak the truth. Keep up the good work!

The ex-pats thank-you!

I'm a private contractor who doesn't live in the US anymore. I always had a wanderlust, but ever since half of the US either voted agaisnt their best interests, or didn't care enough to raise a call to arms that their vote was stolen, I really don't have an interest in ever returning. Right or wrong, that's my cross to bear.

Anyway, being so far away from home, by no means do I not have an interest in seeing that the American Dream is realized. I'm a GWB Iraq war veteran, a moniker that unfortunatley isn't that uncommon anymore. I'm not at home to do the legwork to ensure that our country gets back on track. That is why I am so endebted to the people who are.

Thanks, Curme

Your encouragement is greatly appreciated.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Hell, I cant beleive what Im doing!

You guys musta done something to me, although Im campaining heavy for Shuler in NC-11 Im telling folks here if they got kin folk in NC-8 to call them & tell them to vote for Kissell!

It's OK...we get to send them both

We want them both to win.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.