Hm. I wonder what those words will taste like in November. Ashes, I suppose. That sentence is from an article in The Hill all about Shuler's run for the 11th. Also in there:
At the end of the third quarter, Shuler had $248,957 in the bank while Taylor had just $19,369, according to Federal Election Commission reports.
During the same period, Shuler raised $263,642; Taylor took in $134,791. In recent months, prominent Democratic Reps. Sherrod Brown (Ohio), who is running for Senate, Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Robert Menendez (N.J.) donated to the Shuler campaign.
Why? Because some of Michigan's citizens pay better.
Lobbyist Jack Abramoff really makes things happen for his clients. Unfortunately, it looks like he does that through bribery and influence peddling. Jack knows that there are members of Congress who don't see why their positions of power and prestige shouldn't be used to line their own pockets. Jack understands that these members of Congress are easily bought and can be put to work for any group that can raise the cash. And Jack knows that he can rely on Charles Taylor, of North Carolina's 11th Congressional District.
Check out his website, which is far more blunt about difficult issues than a serious candidate's web site ought to be (as in "If you are against abortions - don't have one"). You'll also find spots left open on this page for "SOME VETERANS SITE" and "ANOTHER VETERANS SITE." Still haven't found the right veterans, Mr. Morgan? (See also "SOME ABORTION LINK" here.)
Thanks to RealValues for the heads-up. I agree with RV that this guy doesn't seem to be running a serious campaign, but I'm sure it will be an interesting one. Stay tuned.
Great article here (free subscription required). The piece starts on Shuler the football legend getting Republican voters to switch to him.
Because Shuler is a Democrat who played football at the University of Tennessee, and because this part of western North Carolina generally votes Republican and roots for Tennessee, the endorsement usually goes this way: "You're on the wrong side of the ticket, but you know what? I'm going to vote for you anyway."
College football loyalties can run deeper than party lines. The candidate nods and smiles. The voter tips his Tennessee cap. Just like that, the voter is once again a fan and the candidate once again a legend.
The Asheville Citizen-Times is kind enough to point out the difference between working on solutions to a problem and simply throwing money at it. Unsurprisingly, the 11th Congressional District's Charles Taylor is in the borrow-and-spend camp.
The best starting point toward a sane immigration policy is the bill introduced last spring by U.S. Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and John McCain, R-Ariz., an odd couple if there ever was one. The bill has something for everyone, ranging from a border study to more money for English language instruction.
The 3rd quarter FEC filings are out and there is some very good news from NC's 11th district. Heath Shuler (D), the former NFL QB and real estate developer, far out paced ethically charged incumbent Charles Taylor (R) in fundraising.
It's early to start calling races, but I have very high hopes for both Shuler in the 11th and Dunn in the 8th. Even if the Dems can't take back the house all at once, I won't complain about a mostly-blue NC delegation.
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