Hampton Dellinger for Lt. Governor

Hampton Dellinger on the Lt. Governor’s Race

I've enjoyed and learned much from reading BlueNC discussions, both of my race and of the leading political and policy issues of the day. And I’ve really appreciated the kind words about my campaign.

The demands of running statewide are intense and have kept me from posting recently, but I’ve continued to promote my progressive agenda across the state. For example, my call on the Division of Air Quality to reject the pending permit request for a coal-fired plant is available on my campaign home page -- www.HD08.com.

The stakes are definitely high. I’ve been working in North Carolina campaigns for more than 20 years -- including volunteering for many candidates seeking local or legislative offices such as Bill Bell for Durham Mayor and Yvonne Johnson for Greensboro; Phillip Graham for Durham School Board; Ty Harrell, Deborah Ross and Ed Ridpath and many more for the General Assembly -- and I cannot name another statewide race where a major Democratic candidate has positions on major issues as conservative as Walter Dalton’s.

The details are available at http://www.hd08.com/differences/index.html and http://www.hd08.com/differences/reviews/index.html but here is the short of it: I’m pro-choice, he has not been; I support the ban on executing the mentally retarded, he voted against it; I’ve been a leader on environmental issues and oppose the pending request for one new coal plant, he has cast anti-environmental votes (such as opposing major clean air legislation in 2001) and wants two new coal plants; I oppose major new tax breaks for billboard sign owners and homebuilders, he’s championed them.

In addition, I’ve called for compensation for the victims of forced government sterilizations, proposed a comprehensive plan to assist seniors (lauded by Wilmington’s Star-News as “attractive,” “sensible,” and “admirably specific”), and made achieving greater social and racial justice a centerpiece of my campaign.

And I don’t just have progressive views; I have a track record. I stood up to BlueCross/BlueShield when it sought to convert from non-profit to for-profit without setting up a charitable foundation. I challenged agribusinesses denying migrant workers fundamental protections, fought banks ready to foreclose on North Carolina textile miles and creditors willing to bankrupt the NAACP, took on the management company that refused to treat public transit workers fairly, opposed slaughtering houses and manufacturers polluting our air and water, criticized one state agency that sought to permit a rock quarry adjacent to the Appalachian Trail and sued another poised to waste millions of dollars in taxpayer money overpaying for office supplies.

Because of my years being a leader on tough issues, the state AFL-CIO gave me an award "in recognition of [my] concern for and work on behalf of working families in North Carolina," I’ve been endorsed by the 10,000 member state chapter of the Communication Workers of America, and I have the backing of civil rights icon Dr. John Hope Franklin, along with the Democratic mayors of Chapel Hill, Durham, and Pittsboro.

While I haven’t seen as much of Mr. Dalton on the campaign trail, I have been at many events with Dan Besse and Pat Smathers and have enjoyed getting to know them both.

I’ve met many of the North Carolinians on this thread and look forward to meeting you all in the coming months. And, as an update to Jerimee’s thread, folks are welcome to contact me at (919) 306-3065.

Warm regards, Hampton

Comments

Thank you

I can't imagine what it's like to run a statewide campaign . . . I got toasted running for town council. Thanks for posting this. I only wish that all our offices in North Carolina had such an excellent pool of candidates as my favorite three Democrats who are running for LG.

We're seeing 3000 to 4000 readers a week, which means the vast majority aren't posting comments . . . but they are reading and watching. I'm glad you could stop by.

I'm looking forward to the debate series

This is the best campaign I've watched in my life, so far. Thanks for the update.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Thank you.

I would love to hear some more about this situation and what role you played in it.

And I don’t just have progressive views; I have a track record. I stood up to BlueCross/BlueShield when it sought to convert from non-profit to for-profit without setting up a charitable foundation.

Like many Americans, my focus on health care came more recently, as the system has crashed and burned. I would love to see a description of what happened to a company that used to do good work (BCBS), but which now appears to be a major part of the problem in North Carolina.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

UNCA Debate

Hampton,

Today you showed that you should not be Lt. Gov. Your persistent attacks on Dalton only gave him more opportunity to show how much more qualified he is than you. It was obvious to all in the audience that you do not belong on stage with three really good candidates. All in all, I think that the primary race is between Smathers and Dalton. I would suggest that you drop out of the race before you ruin what credibility you have left.

"Thousands of Votes To Comb Over and Distort"

That was Dalton's line when challenged by Dellinger in today's debate. It's his way of saying that some votes don't matter. They do matter of course, but not in the way Dellinger thinks they do. Both Dellinger and Dalton are Establishment, Stay The Course candidates. If you want Perdue Part II, you'll go with one of these. If you want real change and improvement, you'll go with Smathers or Besse. I'll detail this in my post about the debate in coming days here at BlueNC and at Scrutiny Hooligans.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

I look forward to it

Gordon, I trust your opinion a great deal, and I look forward to your explaining of the split between change and stay the course in this race.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

I'd be interested in Gordon expanding on

the Perdue part ll line. Do we have a gubernatorial candidate who is a "change" candidate or would both Moore and Perdue be "stay the course" candidates. (In Gordon's eyes) I, like you, trust his opinion very much. I do think for myself, but enjoy hearing opinions that come from people who live in different parts of the state.



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Perdue as LG

has been an insider's insider. The plus side of that has been significant in some areas . . . she's gotten some good stuff done. The negative side is that the institutions of power in the state are more and more insular and inbred. That might be different with Moore, but he's been in the game a long time too.

The only outsiders in the governors race are Graham and McCrory. Graham's a clown with no record of doing anything other than funding his rise to notoriety on the gas tax issue. McCrory, while outside the government power structure, is deeply rooted inside the business power structure. He works for Duke Energy, for god's sake. Can't quite see him being an objective voice on that important issue.

I'd like to see it to, hurry!

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me