Your petition on the NCGOP's race-baiting ad is delivered to Elizabeth Dole

This morning I delivered a petition to Senator Elizabeth Dole's Raleigh office. It was signed by 1,265 concerned citizens -- including more than 300 North Carolinians -- all requesting that Senator Elizabeth Dole use her considerable clout in her party to tell the North Carolina Republican Party's Linda Daves to stop running the race-baiting anti-Obama ad called "Extreme."

The bottom-feeding ad is currently running on four TV stations in the state (New Bern, Asheville, Winston-Salem and Wilmington). It attempts to draw a tenuous-at-best connection between Dem gubernatorial candidates Bev Perdue and Richard Moore (both endorsed Obama) and Reverend Jeremiah Wright. It's crude and reflects the pathetic state of the GOP here, a party in embarrassing decline, longing for the days where everyone knew their place.

The reason Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake, the crew at BlueNC and I wanted to do this is because John McCain doesn't have the cojones to go toe-to-toe with the apparently omnipotent Linda Daves. He denounced the ad from afar but couldn't even pick up the phone to express his dismay directly.

We figured that perhaps Elizabeth Dole, with all her party connections here, would have the gravitas necessary to take on the likes of Linda Daves. Surely she must care that the fossilized Republican party in North Carolina is running racist dog whistle ads and McCain, her party's nominee, said he denounces these tactics. Unfortunately, her initial response wasn't very encouraging.

"I am concentrating on getting my work done here in the Senate, and I'm just not going to get into refereeing a third party political ad that has nothing to do with my race," she said.

So that's where the petition effort came in.

The perpetually no-show-in-NC U.S. Senator was, as expected, not in the office when I arrived in downtown Raleigh this morning. As BlueNC blogger Amy Goodale was setting up the video for me to do an intro, Dole Deputy State Director, the polite and impeccably dressed Reginald Ronald Holley, came outside to greet me. You'll see him at the beginning of the video giving me his business card.

As we went into the Terry Sanford Building, we were told that cameras not allowed, so I had to do the delivery off camera, but there was plenty to talk about before and after. Here's the video...

I entered the office, and signed in the senator's guest book, Mr. Holley came out to greet me and we went to an office adjacent to where Elizabeth Dole "works" when she is in town. I sat down with Mr. Holley and asked where the senator was. He said "she's traveling." I didn't get a response as to whether that was to or from NC or DC. A basic question about where my senator is while working on my dime shouldn't be a state secret, but alas, no success on that front. I also inquired as to when Senator Dole had last been in the state. Mr. Holley said that she rode in float for a "Support Our Troops" rally of some kind last Saturday. Of course this is a rarity; Liddy Dole isn't seen around here unless she's campaigning.

Before departing, I requested that we receive an official response from the senator to the petition so that I could share it with readers of Firedoglake, Pam's House Blend and BlueNC. He said he would pass that on as he took notes, also recording the number of petition signers. I asked Mr. Holley if he would like to be photographed receiving the package outside, where we could film it. He declined. I was politely escorted out of the high-security zone.

As Jane said, ¡Muy Macho! John McCain or Liddy Dole?. We'll see. Does the NC GOP's race-baiting dog whistle ad reflect the party of the past and the future? Senator Dole's response will make it clear whether the GOP elders and influentials don't care what kind of garbage is tossed out there in the name of the Republican party.

Comments

I wonder...

If Senator Dole will answer her hundreds of constituents, those who signed the petition, on this?

If she doesn't, her silence will speak volumes.

WTG, Pam, nice work! Thanks to you, Firedoglake and BlueNC for putting this together.

www.MoBetterChange.blogspot.com

Excellent work Amy and Pam!

I'll put it up at MyDD.

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I can't imagine the old bat

has anything to hide, can you?

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Bless you!

Great, fast work, Pam. You're amazing.

Now I guess we can all grow old waiting for Liddy to respond. My guess is that she'll say "not my job."

I posted about this on DU

I posted about this on Democratic Underground. If anyone is a member there, your recommendation would be much appreciated!

In the Political Video Forum: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=385x126956

Stop the Racist Ad Against Obama: Blogger Spaulding Nails it to US
Senator Dole's Door!

NC US Senator Elizabeth Dole is ducking out on taking any
responsibility for her state's Republican party's malicious effort in
running a racist attack ad against Barack Obama.

Today, Pam Spaulding of Pam's House Blend, in coordination with Jane
Hamsher of Firedoglake and BlueNC bloggers, delivered a petition to
Senator Dole's office asking her to put a stop to this ad.

Check out Pam's post on this here:
http://bluenc.com/your-petition-on-the-ncgops-race-bait...

We'll see if Dole ignores hundreds of her consituents' request to
speak out on this despicable ad!

www.MoBetterChange.blogspot.com

Do we need to start a countdown

see how many days it takes to hear from Dole?

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Elizabeth Dole Response Watch

Widget on my page...view source to copy the code.

Elizabeth Dole Response Watch


2 Days
have passed since Sen. Elizabeth Dole was given a petition asking her to tell the NC GOP to stop its race-baiting ad.

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Pam Spaulding
Durham, NC USA

Pam's House Blend
www.pamshouseblend.com

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Pam Spaulding
Durham, NC USA

Pam's House Blend
www.pamshouseblend.com

Thanks for the widget Pam

I have added it to our left sidebar.

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Ha!! Very good, Jerimee!

One for the email list. :)

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Hilarious!



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