Who here remembers the 2006 election cycle? Remember how we did everything humanly possible to get press attention for Larry Kissell? The campaign worked their hearts out, volunteers worked their hearts out and those of us on the web wrote our poor little fingers to the bone and all the corporate media could talk about was the damned goat.
Enter Roll Call.
In December 2006 they had this to say:
For a Red State, North Carolina's GOP Is Surprisingly Embattled - (Dec 11 2006)
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Though this year was a “blue moon” election in which neither a Senate seat nor the governorship was contested, North Carolina played host to several spirited House contests. Former football star Heath Shuler (D) knocked off veteran Rep. Charles Taylor (R), and to nearly everyone’s surprise, teacher Larry Kissell (D) came within 329 votes of ousting Rep. Robin Hayes (R). emphasis added
I guess they don't want to be surprised this cycle. In March they reported on Rahm Emanuel's attendance at the fundraiser in Raleigh.
Emanuel Joining Kissell at Raleigh Fundraiser - (Apr 26 2007)
Teacher Larry Kissell (D), whose scrappy, underfunded campaign fell just 330 votes short of upsetting Rep. Robin Hayes (R) last year, continues to line up more establishment support for their 2008 rematch.
Now, Roll Call is taking their cues from Larry Kissell's campaign newsletter.
Larry Kissell (D), the teacher who lost to Rep. Robin Hayes (R) by just 330 votes in November despite almost no help from national Democrats, is looking to re-establish his net-roots cred despite now being the favorite of the party establishment as well.
Van Hollen's participation in the Kissell fundraising drive is just the latest example of the help the challenger is getting from national Democrats. In April, former DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) headlined a Kissell fundraiser in Raleigh, just before the party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.
Hmmmm.....he left out Rep. Artur Davis....not to mention Reps. Brad Miller and David Price.
Lots of attention for Larry. Roll Call might not be read much in Anson, Scotland and Stanly Counties, but I bet there are some folks with deep pockets paying attention. Oh, and about Larry's net cred. He never lost it.
[Roll Call is subscription only, so no links.]