The NC First Party's chosen candidate is waffling:
After a costly petition drive to put him on the ballot as an independent alternative to Democratic U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell, Concord resident Wendell Fant said Friday he's not sure he'll run.
"Right now it's a definite 'I'm not sure,'" Fant said.
A group called N.C. Families First delivered more than 35,000 signatures to election boards throughout the 8th Congressional District supporting Fant's candidacy.
Okay, I'm not trying to poke any holes in this effort or its backers, but...when did it become NC "Families" First? Not that I have anything against families per se; I came from a family, and then later made my own family, which was successfully incorporated into the larger family conglomerate, as it were.
Aside from the salting of old wounds and the fervent offerings of poorly thought-out advice, families can be pretty cool, bordering on awesome. I was just wondering which of you bright union people came up with the idea to squeeze that in there.
So, back to Wendell. Is he a reluctant bride being dragged to the altar, or is Kissell putting the screws to him:
Kissell told a House ethics committee that Fant broke House rules by using his official title and government computer to work on his own Veterans Administration case. He also said Fant failed to report outside employment as a mortgage marketing company representative.
Fant acknowledges having "erred in judgment" by using the House computer for personal business. But he said he is hurt by the complaint and questions the timing of it.
"I'm really just trying to swallow that pill right now," he said. "I had not had a conversation with the congressman. There were certainly no questions asked of me about it."
I question the timing of it too, Wendell. And I think the House Ethics Committee, or maybe the FEC, needs to look into Congressman Kissell using his position to bring pressure upon a (potential) election opponent, in an effort to scare him off the ballot.
Larry needs to understand something: Taking steps like this against his opponent merely enforces the perception that such opposition is necessary.