Larry Kissell, NC-08: Media Darling

What do Scotland County, Cumberland County, Richmond County and Cabarrus County all have in common? They have all had a visit from Larry Kissell, a candidate who believes that a good way to lead is to follow. He's following the example of traditional grassroots candidates and knocking on doors, talking to his constituents and listening to their needs and goals for the future. He's leading by standing up for the people in his district and taking their concerns to Washington.

Larry isn't just visiting these counties. He's walking and knocking on doors. The Laurinburg Exchange (registration required) is running a piece that describes Larry's travels through the district in the heat of Indian Summer and Larry is learning from his contituents.

"The majority of the people are very concerned. They're concerned that they can't maintain the life that they've been used to, they're concerned about jobs, education, fuel prices—these things that affect them day to day," he stated. "Throughout this district, every night, there's people that are worrying about this. And that's why we're here."

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The Exhange also makes note of something most of us have noticed and that is the Kissell campaign is moving full steam ahead and shows no sign of stopping.

Since winning the Democratic primary election back in May, the high school teacher and 27-year veteran of textiles said his campaign continues to build momentum with numerous events scheduled in the coming months, including a Gospel music concert featuring Bill Hefner and The Harvesters Quartet in Rockingham on Sept. 8.

Larry Kissell is also featured in another newspaper today, The Fayettevile Observer. The reporter gives us a good idea of what this traditional grassroots campaigning is like.

His focus Wednesday was not on strategy, but on shoe leather. He campaigned door to door, a tactic normally seen in local elections.

His blue pin-stripped shirt quickly was soaked with sweat.

He knocked on the doors of people who were registered as a Democrat or an unaffiliated voter. Mostly, his knocks went unanswered. He left a signed campaign flier.

The value of door-to-door campaigning is listening to residents, he said. Many, like Lori Saunders of Devane Street, are shocked that a congressional candidate would take the time to knock on their door. “Most are concerned the direction the country is going in,” he said.

Those of us who have been Larry fans for a while already know that he has what it takes to win this race. He has the drive, the energy the stamina to physically walk the streets and talk with the voters. Regardless of Robin Hayes' success in the past, we know that this year is different. Larry knows that too.

By conventional standards, Kissell faces an overwhelming challenge. Hayes has more name recognition and money. Hayes had $1.2 million as of June 30 — 14 times Kissell's $85,000, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

Kissell says it's an unconventional year for politics. People are upset with President Bush and a Congress that doesn't listen to them.

Garth Regan, campaign manager for Hayes, said Wednesday, "The last time I checked 'Washington' was not on the ballot this year."

Oooo, snappy, Garth. You must be new. Either that or everyone is tired of the dramatics of Carolyn Hern with her outrageous and bizarre labels for everything.

The trip to Fayetteville was noteable for a couple of different reasons. I think the reporter does a great job ending this piece, so I'll let him have the last word here as well.

Kissell had the most success on Ellington Street, where Brad Miller, the Democratic congressman from Raleigh, grew up.

Ellington residents Wayne and Verna Reece agreed with Kissell. "We need new blood," Wayne Reece said.

The Reeces want something done about high gas prices and the cost of prescription drugs, but don't touch Social Security.

It is encounters like this — and one over breakfast — that encourage Kissell.

As he ate breakfast, a diner walked to his table and stared at him.

"Are you the candidate? Yes? Well, I'm angry; we need a change."

Kissell smiled.

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Look for more on Larry coming up soon!

Have you had enough? Of course, not. You cant GET enough about Larry Kissell. :)


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You should start a post

Where's Larry? If you stuck pins in a map of all the places he has visited in his district....well there would be very little space left "unpinned"!

Thanks SD for keeping Kissell in the spotlight, this is a different election season! Thanks to people like you and the "Netroots"!

GO LARRY KISSELL!!!!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Momo...like those little locator maps

they have at DFA for the nightschool participants.....that would be cool.


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SD

A great piece and worth the wait. Larry is just so positive and genuine. Who would dare tell him a few months ago that a win was impossible. He didn't believe that for a minute. I don't believe it either. I think we are going to actually have a congressman. We haven't had one in quite a while.

Lovex7

Thank you, Love

Well....I was one of those people who thought Tim Dunn had a better chance. All it took was meeting Larry one time. I was sold!


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Awesome entry!

Larry's getting the ink . . . this is good.

And as to the Garth-the-Idiot on the Hayes campaign: I've got news for you. Washington IS at the top of the ticket - and you only wish it weren't so. Your boss is a Bushbot pure and simple and everyone who's pissed off at the moron in the White House is pissed off at Flipper, too. You can try to run away from George Bush, but you can't. Robin Hayes is stuck to the Bush tarbaby like stink on you know what.

cross post

Can you cross post this on kos and add a paragraph about closing the money gap.
Obviously the polls show he has a real shot, but he could lose unless the party in dc gets behind him and he gets some cash.

Lyndon Helton for NC Senate

"Keep the Faith"

I plan on a big post tomorrow

Larry has one more big article coming out in the Charlotte Observer and it will stress the Netroots involvement. I thought it would be nice to combine the three articles and will bring up his exponential growth in number of donors on ActBlue. Thanks for the encouragement!


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sounds good

Good stuff. Just try to get it up before 10:30 so that I can reccomend and comment before I get on a plane. (Please)

Lyndon Helton for NC Senate

"Keep the Faith"

I will post at 9:30am....

I will write most of it tonight and add the part from the Observer tomorrow morning. I'll get the pictures tonight.


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Imagine a knock on your door

and you open it to find Flip Floppin Robin Hayes standing there.

No? Can't imagine it? That's because IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN.

"Man of the people" isn't on FFR's resume. Fortunately, "Former Congressman" will be soon.

Robin Hayes Hates Puppies

I wish we could recommend comments

because this one would get a 10.

Beautifully said.

I'd give it a 20....

Robin Hayes isn't exactly the picture of health and vitality. He's been feasting just a bit too much on the spoils of a majority in Congress.

That being said, it wouldn't be his difficulty in getting around that keeps him from going door-to-door.....it would be the fact that he flat-out, completely, horizontally just doesn't give a crap about what the people really have to say....to my knowledge. ;)


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I was going to comment on...

this back when you posted the "debate" photos. Fat men shouldn't wear pleated khakis and stand with their feet together. He looked like tweedle-dee..or was it...

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

Okay...

I have to say I just cracked myself up, but that is because I have such a good image of that photo in my mind. Post it, please SD!!!

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

I tried to respond...Tweedledumberer

but the comment wouldn't load. I had also said that Hayes isn't the picture of vitality that Larry is. Larry bikes long distances for fun...yes, that's right...for fun. There's a reason Hayes uses an outdated photo of himself on campaign materials. Yeah...I'd like to go back a few years and lots of pounds too, but it would be dishonest.


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Here you go....

Robin Hayes speaking to a sea of Kissell supporters who couldn't give a rat's behind what the man had to say. But we were polite and didn't throw up as he spoke. We also didn't throw rotten produce.




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You didn't throw up

but I'll bet you were gagging.

Lovex7