Robin Hayes Must Go

Joe Sinsheimer of fame has set his sights on Robin Hayes. He and his wife Toddi Steelman are hosting a fundraiser for Larry Kissell this Sunday in their Raleigh home. Joe has been willing to wade in the deep end of dirty politics to do the right thing. He has a history of working in the background of campaigns. Most recently he ushered Jim Black and Thomas Wright to their defendants seats. He was an early supporter of Barack Obama as a Senator, having worked with campaign manager David Axelrod in the past. In 2006, being otherwise engaged, he was a quiet but solid supporter of Larry Kissell.

Joe's sense of righting wrongs goes way back. In 1989 Joe published a paper in the Journal of Southern History entitled "The Freedom Vote of 1963: New Strategies of Racial Protest in Mississippi" for which he interviewed Robert Moses and Ed King, the MLK of Jackson, Miss. In 1963, Mississippi blacks were denied not just voting right but also participation in the all-white state Democratic party. Moses formed the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party which almost succeeded in disrupting the 1964 national convention. Their actions helped passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

Joe has spent the better part of the last year in Vancouver, where Toddi was working as a Fullbright Scholar. The time and distance has given them a fresh perspective on state and national politics. The vision of Larry Kissell as a Congressman representing the 8th District has not changed. Join them on Sunday in Raleigh to help send Robin Hayes packing and to send Larry Kissell to Washington. Toddi Steelman writes to say:

This is to let you know that Joe and I are hosting a fundraiser for Larry Kissell, Democratic Nominee for Congress NC 8th District, at our house on Sunday, September 28, 2008 from 4-6 pm.

Larry represents the best chance NC has to pick up a House seat from the Republicans this year. He lost to Robin Hayes two years ago by 330 votes.

To learn more about Larry go to: (for a short video) or

Please drop by or send a check to support this fine candidate!

Current sponsors of the event include:
Governor James B Hunt, Jr.
Betty and Al Adams
Ken Eudy and Linda Davis
Mary and Bill Joslin
Emily and Parham McNair
Jeff Merritt
Howard Twiggs
Deborah Lamm Weisel and Michael Weisel
Leanne Winner

Toddi Steelman and Joe Sinsheimer
418 Elm Street Raleigh
Raleigh, NC 27604

Kissell ActBlue Page


Woo Hoo! This is wonderful

Love that picture of Joe!

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

If you love that picture

Yes it's doctored but it's about as real as anything Republicans are saying these days.

That is hilarious

Palin's scary, scary skin tone doesn't match that of the woman with her arms around Joe.

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Joe and Toddi are good friends. They throw a good party and the conversation is always interesting.



I'd be delighted by the chance to attend and contribute, but I don't know where Joe and Toddi live or whether the invitation is open to anyone who wants to help.


Address is at the bottom of the blue part

T'was hard to find.

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Thanks, but I'm still asking

whether it is intended that anyone who wishes may drive up and walk in.

I assume that is the case, what with this being a fundraiser, but I'm a little uncomfortable making assumptions about other peoples' hosting druthers.

That was part of my question. Greg?

Yes, are welcome

I'm not Greg, but I know you're welcome to attend. I'm jealous. I bet it will be a great event.

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It's wide open. Bring your check book and 330 of your closest friends. Thanks for asking. I know what you mean.

Larry Kissell

I attended the fundraiser this afternoon at the home of Joe Sinsheimer and Toddie Steelman. It was great to see Greg there (hi again Greg) along with a lot of familiar faces from here in Raleigh. Very nice home, wonderful company.

It was a good crowd, especially considering that he was competing with Garrison Keillor (holding forth at the McKimmon Center for a book-signing).

I also enjoyed speaking with Larry himself. Several people asked me how I heard about the event, so I got the chance to mention BlueNC multiple times-- and of course Kissell was very complimentary about Betsy.

He's a wonderful candidate and has good reason to feel confident about this race.

I love Larry too

Thank you for supporting him by attending the fundraiser.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.