In recent days Nathan Tabor of The Conservative Voice has been spamming North Carolina blogs on behalf of Fred Smith State Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate. Tabor and Smith became enamored of each other last fall as Tabor describes in an effusive description that also belabors his own self-importance as a “blogger”. I caught up with this troll when he posted the entire text of a letter by Fred Smith “Time For Leadership on NC Budget” at exileonjonesstreet as a comment to an unrelated post with the plaintive cry:
Isn’t anyone in the NC blogosphere going to cover this subect? Am I the only one in NC to receive this in my e-mail?
No Nate. You are the only one sending this in your email.
As I said in my response:
You’ve been pushing this Fred Smith letter all over the blogosphere to little effect. You must be pretty desperate if you have to troll around here to beg people to read it.
Fred Smith of CC Mangum wants us to spend out tax dollars on “worthwhile investments like …NEWSFLASH… building and maintaining roads”.
Go back to hawking Revival Soy. At least that’s a real product.
Tabor first posted Smith’s most recent letter January 10th on TCV and received only one comment in response the following day:
I propose a heavy tax on barbeque, sunshine and attractive women, all of which North Carolina has in abundance.
The letter has popped up on a blogs cut and pasted in entirety without commentary either as posts or as comments, with increasing desperation, in unrelated posts by “Concerned NC Conservative” which links back to Tabor’s tcvmedia.com
Back in September Tabor didn’t fair much better when his idea of blogging was to contact “conservative” bloggers to suggest they write about “conservative” Fred Smith:
Well, I hope you'll find time in October to write about conservative candidates such as NC State Senator Fred Smith. This election cycle is very important.
Nathan Tabor | Homepage | 09.29.06 - 8:47 am | #
I bet he didn’t expect this smackdown:
Per Nathan Tabor's request: my thoughts on NC Senator Fred Smith
He doesn't seem worthy of my vote. If I lived in his district, I would write in my own name for his office. I urge you all to do the same. In any race where the candidates suck, write in your own name.
In November Tabor circulated a Fred Smith letter about immigration which caused Plead the First to first notice in December his blog spamming and call him on it but Tabor still persists in spamming for Smith. Comments to that post also note his connection to Jim Kouri, a conservative writer in New Jersey.
In September Jim Kouri wrote a fluff piece on Smith. Kouri and Tabor are friends. Kouri writes for Tabor’s TCV and occasionally the write articles together such as this piece for "John Cox" GOP presidential candidate, apparently another Tabor/Kouri “blogging” client, while Kouri has pumped Tabor’s recent book “The Beast on the East River, trashing the UN
The Smith-Tabor love affair began with Fred Smith’s annual fundraiser back in August:
Gov. Perry's Meeting with Bloggers
August 29, 2006 02:13 PM EST
I had the opportunity last weekend to attend State Senator Fred Smith’s 4th Annual Summer Celebration at the Riverwood Golf Club
A representative handful of us were also invited for our role as bloggers, with the Senator acknowledging the growing importance of the blogosphere. “I appreciate you coming here today,” said Smith as he began his opening remarks to us. “Bloggers are important about getting the message and the truth out.”
Getting the truth out? That's an important thing for an important blogger to do.
The importance of meeting Senator Smith and Governor Perry, and the acknowledgment of our roles as political bloggers was emphasized once again a few days later when I received an e-mail from David Smithdeal, a member of the Senator’s team. “It is our desire to build good long term relationships with all of you,” said the communication.
If the openness of last Saturday’s event continues with regularity between politicians and representatives of the blogosphere, I can assure Mr. Smithdeal, Senator Smith, and Governor Perry, that they are indeed taking the right steps in building “…good long term relationships” with us and our readers.
Lorie Byrd’s post about the event was similary effusive:
and reported that:
The bloggers were invited to attend the reception following the mini press conference. NC blogger Dean Stephens attended the entire Summer Celebration event which began with a golf tournament and ended with the reception. He has an excellent report of the event with lots of pictures of Governor Perry and the others in attendance, including former U.S. Senator Lauch Faircloth. Other bloggers in attendance were Nathan Tabor of The Conservative Voice, Jason Moir of NC Rumors, and Frank Williams of NC Republican Roundtable.
Dean Stephens Inner Banks Eagle has pictures and a full description of the event.
From Left, Jason Moir, Dean Stephens, Nathan Tapor, Fred Smith, Green Sweater From Rear Is Lorie Byrd And Thai Gay From Rear.(sic)
Nathan Tabor’s need to troll and spam the blogs including those of BlueNC regulars like mark kleinschmidt, Kirk Ross and, Thomas Brock is a truly sad commentary on a “conservative voice”. Getting the truth out, openness, good long-term relationships? Doesn't seem to be happening. Fred Smith needs to get out of the business of spamming NC bloggers because hell hath no fury like a blogger trolled.