Kissell will not break promise to protect Medicare, will vote against healthcare bill

I'm not surprised Larry would keep his promise. I might not always agree with his fiscal conservatism, but I agree that we don't improve healthcare in this country by taking away almost $400 billion in benefits from senior citizens. What are octogenarians to do? Go get jobs for the benies?

Kissell's statement:

"From the day I announced my candidacy for this office, I promised to protect Medicare," Kissell said. "I gave my word I wouldn't cut it and I intend to keep that promise to the citizens of the Eighth District and the senior citizens of this nation. While I believe comprehensive health care and insurance reform is necessary, I cannot vote for H.R. 3962 in its current form, which cuts $399 billion from Medicare."

My goodness! He almost sounds like a liberal in that quote. I mean, literally a very well-known liberal.

Kissell supports President's public option but will not offer up Medicare as a sacrifice

Rep. Larry Kissell has never once said he would not support a public health insurance option. In the latest whip count Kissell acknowledged he will support a bill with a public option as long as it meets the same criteria President Obama set out - it must be deficit neutral, end discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions, have real portability, bend the cost curve with real competition, and Larry adds one other requirement - the bill cannot offer up Medicare as a sacrifice.

Kissell gets some fundraising help from VPOTUS

Last night Larry Kissell got a little help raising money for his 2010 bid from Vice President Joe Biden. The fundraiser was held in the historic Cleveland Park home of Susie and William Taylor.

There were around 60 people in attendance including Charlotte Democrat Mel Watt, NC-12. Rep. Watt has been a supporter of Rep. Kissell since 2006 when Kissell narrowly lost to Robin Hayes. That year he hosted an event featuring Rep. Artur Davis in Charlotte. At the time both men were lobbying the DCCC to take notice of Kissell's upstart grassroots campaign.

When Larry introduced Vice President Biden, he said:

“There’s something magical about someone from a textiles background, and who was teaching high school civics a year ago, to be standing up here with the vice president. That’s a miracle. That’s what makes this country great.”

Larry Kissell and Members of the NC Congressional Delegation Pay Tribute to Congressman Bill Hefner

While I've been away from BlueNC, North Carolina's 8th District lost a wonderful friend when former Congressman Bill Hefner died. He was truly loved in the 8th District. Last night, members of North Carolina's congressional delegation along with both Republican and Democratic members of Congress payed tribute to Mr. Hefner on the floor of the House. Please follow the link below and scroll to the segment of time that indicates it is a tribute to Congressman Hefner. I'm sure you will enjoy the tributes as much as I did. Larry did a great job honoring his friend and I'm sure he will continue to do a great job honoring his friend's legacy in the 8th.

Kissell in top tier in money raised

First, let's get this out of the way - Robin Hayes is not running for congress. I don't care how many times he says he plans to run if nobody steps up to challenge Larry. He raised $644, has about $18,000 on hand and carries $180,000 in campaign debts. Ignore him.

Quarterly FEC reports are in and Larry Kissell is in the top tier of North Carolina Congressional incumbents from both parties in money raised for the quarter. Only Etheridge and McIntyre outraised Kissell and only by about $10,000 each. He is in the middle tier for cash on hand.

That's big news for those of us used to the press and pols criticizing Larry's fundraising ability. Hopefully, he can line the war chest even more before a challenger files and starts raising money. Like his politics 100% or not, it's important to protect our incumbents and it's nice if they have a huge head start so we can put our energy and money into helping Democratic challengers.

Larry Kissell's statement on his vote

I'm going to post the entire press release with one bit of commentary. The news isn't all bad. Larry isn't anti-environment. It's actually one of his strengths. His district has some of the counties with the highest unemployment in the state and high unemployment is a chronic condition for them. Maybe, for the 8th District, this was just the right bill at the wrong time.

Those of you who pay attention to this stuff...there's a delicate little dance they do in Congress allowing certain members in competitive districts to vote with their district if they've been able to whip enough votes and know the legislation is going to pass. I can't help but think that Heath and Larry traded votes on this one. No way in hell Heath Shuler is left of Larry Kissell.

NRCC's Target List: Nary a Mention of Kissell

Mike Minter must have dashed the NRCC's hopes of running a big name against freshman Larry Kissell. The National Journal has a piece up outlining the top Democratic congressional targets of the NRCC and Larry Kissell hasn't made the top tier. If you've seen him in-district you would know why. His constituents just love him.

I'm sure there are other reasons Larry isn't on the list. He absolutely mopped the floor with Robin Hayes. This wasn't a close race. Larry didn't ride Obama's coattails, however the race would have been closer if Obama hadn't been leading the ticket.

Larry is also working hard for the people in his district. He seems to be everywhere. Each time we've been upset with him, it was when he said or did something that many in his district support. I've often said he mirrors his district and he does.

Former Panther Mike Minter may challenge Larry Kissell in 2010

Former Safety for the Carolina Panthers, Mike Minter, is considering a challenge to Larry Kissell in 2010. The Greenville Daily Reflector is reporting that Minter, a registered Republican, recently spent a couple of days in Washington discussing the possibility of his candidacy.

One suggestion for Mike. He might want to work real hard on coming up with an answer to why he has only bothered to vote once since he registered to vote back in 2004. I would suggest that he not try the busy football player routine since as a busy congressman he'd need to find lots of time to vote.

This is getting interesting.

Rep. Larry Kissell the only NC Dem to Vote with the Banking Industry & Republicans

After running a campaign where he promised to represent the working person, Rep. Larry Kissell voted for the banking industry by opposing H.R. 1106. He was not joined in his opposition to the legislation by any other North Carolina Democrat. Republican Walter Jones joined Democrats in voting to help the vast majority of families who are near foreclosure as a result of unemployment, personal or family illness, divorce, death in the family or fraud on the part of banks.

The Center for Responsible Lending released numbers for every state showing the minimal number of mortgages that this legislation applies to. Certainly not enough to punish the rest of us and absolutely not enough of a caseload to bankrupt the already bankrupt banks.


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