Josh Brannon to face Virginia Foxx in November

Don't write this race off yet, folks:

Josh Brannon breezed his way through a Democratic second primary on Tuesday, earning the right to go head-to-head with Republican U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx in the 5th Congressional District race this fall. Brannon will have an uphill battle this fall in the heavily Republican district. Foxx was first elected to the U.S. House in 2004 and has soared to a win every two years.

“We’re not going to be able to outspend her. That’s clear. So we’re just going to have to run a campaign that gets our message out in ways other than big media,” Brannon said.

He has campaigned on the theme of taking money out of politics.

Yes, we've heard this song before, but this guy is incredibly easy to like. We've been friends on Facebook for several weeks now, and I had no idea he was in a runoff race with another Democrat. Think about that, especially in light of the ugliness surrounding the Berger/Walker competition. Josh has been steadily campaigning against Foxx, and has developed some very powerful messaging. It's going to be a tough race, and the PACs may be a little shy of helping, but that doesn't mean you can't help #OUTFOXX:

We can still take back democracy. We can take back the American Dream. And we can do it by convincing everyone we know what’s at stake, and getting them to vote to break this vicious cycle.

As Representative, my overwhelming priority will be to strip the 1% of their ability to disproportionately influence politics for their own benefit. I love this country and what it’s supposed to stand for. We need to work together to restore opportunity for everyone.

Everything about our future depends on it.

Yes, it does.


Virginia Foxx

is one scary right-wing nut job.

The Republican Nut Club has a nice summary (beware: the photo is disturbing. But so is Virginia).

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014