Congressional Quarterly has a nice long piece about Senator Richard Burr. It's a little odd. They start out singing his praises about his support within the African American community.
Sen. Richard M. Burr has opened his ears — and his earmarks — to African-American causes.
Though only 12 percent of his votes came from black constituents in 2004, the North Carolina Republican’s attention to that segment of the electorate could pay dividends in 2010 — either by lowering intensity of black opposition to him or by showing white voters that Burr can work across political and racial spectrums.
It is the kind of political legwork that might make a subtle but significant difference in a close race.
“Those of us who read the records are very clear on what he’s done,” said George E. Battle Jr., a bishop in the A.M.E. Zion Church who supported Burr’s 2004 opponent, Democrat Erskine Bowles. “He’s always responsive. He’s always there.”
After spilling a good bit of ink building the guy up they deliver a swift brick to his head.
Jeffrey M. Elliot, chairman of the political science department at North Carolina Central University, said Burr’s outreach to African-Americans is so low-profile — and so much less important than his stance against the interests of black voters on major social and economic issues — that it isn’t likely to win him many votes.
At most, Elliot said, Burr’s work “may blunt the intensity of opposition” in the African-American community.
Battle, a former school board president who sits on Central Piedmont’s board, provides a personal example of that sentiment.
“In knowing all that I know about him, I certainly wouldn’t have a lot of reservations — if the right candidate wasn’t running against him — to vote for him.”
Right now, that remains a big “if.”
Oh...ouch. I'm not really sure what CQ was trying to accomplish with this piece. Richard Burr still hasn't defined himself. Cooper still hasn't declared for the office. The fact that Richard Burr isn't a completely abhorrent choice to black voters is a non-story.
Burr probably figured if he threw liberals a few bones we might take it easy on him in 2010. Fat chance.