Roll Call Paying Attention to Larry Kissell

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.

:::snip:::

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.]

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No, but the taint of the DCCC

runs deep. There will be many people asking why Larry should be a netroots candidate (or whatever the fundraising will be called this time) when the DCCC is giving him beau coup bucks.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

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

...but the DCCC isn't giving him big bucks

and until they do I will make sure everyone knows there's a difference between a promise and a promise kept.

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



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

I think

it is because Larry is the same candidate, and he has most of the same people working for him full time.

So, while the DCCC will help, and their help will be a big boost, Larry is going to win this because of everything that got him so close last time. Larry isnt going to change who he is because of a few extra dollars from anyone in DC.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

Kissel is getting his name out there

He was at the General Assembly today representing the NCAE

Saw him

...and said hello.

Chris Van Hollen....like him lots

I'm on the phone call right now. Van Hollen surely doesn't sound like a man who isn't going to keep promises.....and he sure is making them.

I still say we need to make sure Larry's net supporters help assure the DCCC support.

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



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

I forgot about it.

My wife is sick and I'm just popping in and out.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

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

No kidding.

A few of my favorite Van Hollen quotes during this call...

2006

was a lost opportunity

and DCCC is

Fully committed to this effort going forward

Come next Spring when we do our Red to Blue list, this race will be on it from the beginning

Hayes remains vulnerable

and

We feel strongly we will put this district in the win column

Larry Kissell is MY Congressman

worried

I was on the conference call too.
I agree that the DCCC promises sounded great and I'm pretty sure they'll come through this time. The positive polling I heard about just told Me what I already knew, that Larry will beat Hayes if the election was just about this race.
What I'm very worried about is that the 2008 election is so different from 2006.
Larry will be much lower on the ticket. It's the top of the ticket that brings out the voters and this time thats the presidential race.
I'm afraid that if Hillary is the Democratic presidential candidate this might spell doom for everyone else down the ticket (including Larry) and might get Democrats to lose control of the state legislature as well. Hillary is going to bring out the republican voters in droves.

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