Larry Kissell Headlines DCCC Red-to-Blue Candidate List

Somebody get Robin Hayes a change of knickers. I think he just wet himself. What has Robin Hayes flat out running scared?

It isn't what. It's who. It's Larry Kissell, that's who.

Larry Kissell, his campaign team and his enthusiastic supporters from 2006 have finally been joined by the DCCC and many Democrats throughout the district who held back their support last cycle because they didn't think Larry could win. People are scrambling to jump on the Kissell bandwagon and the only thing to say to that is, "Thank you!"

Larry's underfunded grassroots/netroots campaign last cycle proved that he has the support it takes to win and that brought early words of support from the DCCC this cycle. This week, D-trip announced their Red-to-Blue challengers list and Larry Kissell was smack dab in the middle of it. The DCCC didn't order the list by importance of race or the candidate's likelihood of winning. The list was in alphabetical order. I took a closer look and I can come to only one conclusion - Larry Kissell belongs at the top of the list.

Larry Kissell headlines the DCCC Red-to-Blue Democratic challengers list because of the 13 candidates on the list, Larry Kissell is the only candidate in a district rated by Congressional Quarterly as "no clear favorite". Every other district is rated either "leans Republican" or "Republican favored". Those of you who aren't familiar with the Kissell campaign might just think it's lucky that Kissell has filed in a district where there is a good chance for a Democrat to win.

Not.so.fast. Larry Kissell, his campaign team and his supporters have helped move North Carolina's 8th District from being rated "Republican favored" to "Leans Republican" to "No clear favorite". We did it. Together. It is because of this that Larry's campaign should be at the top of the list.

All of the candidates are deserving. All of the candidates are working hard to win their races. Many of the candidates are going for the seat for the second time. Larry Kissell is the only candidate on the list who has worked with a team from the grassroots and the netroots to move the voters in his district this far away from the favored incumbent.

Maybe the DCCC feels it's fair to put the names in alphabetical order. Fair is good. We're very thankful the DCCC has included Larry Kissell on the list this cycle.

But, for those of us who have supported him from the very beginning, for those of us who gave our blood, sweat, tears and a pound of flesh to help Larry convince the voters in the 8th to vote for him and for those of us who experienced the heartache every time Larry was overlooked by the pols, pundits, big money donors and the national party.......this is oh, so sweet and we think Larry's name belongs at the head of the list.

Congratulations Larry Kissell and the entire Kissell team.

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We need to apply what we learned in the 8th

to the 3rd, 5th, 6th, 9th and 10th. All of these are rated Republican favored. Maybe it takes one election cycle, maybe two or three. I say we don't give up until we've moved every district so far to the left that a Dem can win and hold the seat. So, it takes a few years.....with folks like Marshall Adame, Roy Carter, Ross Overby, Harry Taylor, Jay Ovittore, Diane Hamby and Daniel Johnson stepping up to the plate we can't help but win these districts......eventually.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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That's right, Betsy.

It's not just that we need to apply the lessons from Larry. We also need to support and keep attracting great candidates like those on your list. I don't know Ross Overby but what I know of the others makes me very proud of the last few years of work done by my progressive friends in NC.
 
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

I didn't mean to leave out the 11th

It's just that Shuler had DCCC support from the beginning and that will rarely if ever happen for candidates here in NC. So, what we learned in the 8th is a little more appropriate for our other challengers.

That being said, Patrick McHenry rivals Charles Taylor in his ethical challenges, so much that was learned in the 11th could apply in the 10th as well.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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I think the 8th probably applies more closely to the 10th

Especially because of the DCCC support, Shuler's national connections as well as the plain fact that Shuler was beloved even by Republicans. Everyone west of the Balsams has fond fond memories of four years of local hero-dom. Three state championships mean a lot at least where there's not much else to do on a weekend. He had massive name recognition state-wide as well and that can't hurt.

Daniel Johnson seems more like Larry. A regular guy who isn't used to politics but is so natural and smart and likable that anyone who meets him wants to help get him into office. I think Larry's experiences might really be valuable for the nearby 10th, even if the 10th's demographics are tougher.
 
See Pat Go Bye Bye. Support Daniel Johnson.

Maybe we need to condition candidates to see this as a two cycle

process. We need to help them raise money, etc....try to win in one, but be prepared for two. I don't know the answer. It's frustrating looking at the numbers and feeling like you don't have a chance.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Amen

Larry's campaign has really hit stride in a powerful and compelling way. They've gotten very good and very focused ... it's a joy to watch their work unfold.

Thank you for all of your grassroots support!

As an army wife in Cumberland County it is now great to be on the verge having 3 Democratic Congressmen and getting a real voice for the forgotten in Congress. But all of this news could not be possible without you ( grassroots volunteers). Kissell will not forget who helped him almost beat Hayes in 2006 but in 2008 Hayes will get a pinkslip. Kissell will not pander to special interest rather he will remember that the House of Representatives is the Peoples House and we will take care of the cizitens of the 8th Congressional District.

Mr. Kissell likes to say this is a "We" campaign and that is exactly what it is. We can do this and we can make a change for the next generation also take care of our citizens now.

Thank you for all that you have done and keep up the good work.