Cross-posted from the Brock Log.
As Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy promises to make regulation of tobacco a priority in his committee, NC's junior Senator, Burr from Winston Salem, promises to fight that regulation and to "make it a long and painful process."
The Charlotte Observer has it.
It's clear that Burr will do his best to protect the tobacco industry, which donated over $164,000 to the campaign during his 2004 bid for the Senate.
Tobacco is big business in North Carolina even now and unfortunately, they're still able to buy a politician or two. Senator Burr may be trying to protect members of constituency (big tobacco), but he's got to remember that smoking kills nearly half a million Americans a year (of which, over 11,000 are North Carolinians). Tobacco costs North Carolina over $2.4 billion (with a B) in health care costs and state funded Medicare/Medicaid costs over $760 million annually.
What's more important, Senator Burr, 11,000 North Carolinians and billions of dollars or less than $200,000 given by big tobacco to your campaign?