First-time candidate, Larry Kissell, continues to set the standard. This time he's shown how to push back against negative attack ads - especially in a market that is already weary of them and wary of their messages. View Larry's new ad and see what you think. It's just Larry being Larry.
This isn't a long diary and I'm sorry for that. The new numbers from yesterday have provided a new source of energy and I don't know anyone who isn't busting their butts on the ground or on the phones.
I wouldn't normally write a one or two sentence diary, so please use this as an open thread.
Charlie Cook has now moved NC-08 from solid Republican to likely Republican.
Here are the changes:
• HOUSE RATINGS CHANGE:
CA-04 Doolittle Likely Republican to Lean Republican
CA-11 Pombo Likely Republican to Lean Republican
CO-04 Musgrave Likely Republican to Lean Republican
FL-13 Open Lean Republican to Toss Up
KY-02 Lewis Solid Republican to Lean Republican
MN-06 Open Lean Republican to Toss Up
NV-02 Open Likely Republican to Lean Republican
NY-26 Reynolds Solid Republican to Toss Up
NC-08 Hayes Solid Republican to Likely Republican
PA-04 Hart Solid Republican to Likely Republican
There are many, many reasons why I love Larry Kissell. One of them is that he is willing to throw caution to the wind and go for broke.
Larry Kissell has released his COH figure - $88.94. He's challenging Robin Hayes to do the same thing. That's a very gutsy move.
Why in heaven's name would I be excited about $88.94 COH this late in the race? Well, because tens of thousands (more?) has been pre-paid for radio and television spots. Even more beautiful is the fact that Larry's ad - which puts a big smile on my face - is folksy, charming and positive. It leaves viewers with a good feeling.
Robin's ad? Well, let's just say he's running scared and playing in the muck. Sorta falls flat at a time when so many serious issues face our nation. It's something a young fratty-bagger, wannabe would throw together. Right, Garth?
Robin Hayes climbs in bed with Vernon Robinson to learn a thing or two about getting down and dirty. You'll know what I mean if you've seen Robin Hayes' new attack ad claiming that Larry Kissell is against Medicare Part D.
Hayes has been taking responsibility for Medicare Part D up to this point. He brags about his part in passing legislation that forces our government to pay top dollar for prescription medicines instead of being able to bargain for the best price. He's proud of his plan that forces many seniors to choose between their life-saving medications and food.
The photoshopped ad distorts Larry's features and attempts to ridicule his use of the word boondoggle to describe the mess that is Medicare Part D. Robin Hayes lies to senior citizens saying that Larry thinks Medicare is a waste.
I figured it would happen at some point. Robin Hayes has finally found dirty money he can do without. He is donating the $4500 that he has received from various Mark Foley accounts to different charities that benefit children. Isn't that nice?
So, we can conclude from this lesson that Robin Hayes does not approve of pedophilia. On the other hand, the fact that he is keeping all of the dirty money outlined in yesterday's post tells us that he approves of adultery, money laundering, accepting bribes and fraud. How outrageous and bizarre! For a refresher:
American Prosperity PAC - Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-California)
2002 - $5,000 Currently serving prison term
Americans for a Republican Majority - Tom DeLay (R-Texas) 2002 - $10,000
2004 - $10,000
2006 - $10,000 Indicted for money laundering
Congressional Majority Cmte - Bill Thomas, (R-Cal)
2002 - $6,000
2004 - $10,000
Bill Thomas Congressional Cmte
2004 - $1,000 Admitted adulterer - had affair with Phrma lobbyist
Conservative Victory Fund - Steve Symms, (R-Idaho) 2002 - $2,901
2004 - $824
2006 - $883 Confirmed adulterer (by his wife in court documents)
Doing Our Nation's Service PAC - Donald L. Sherwood, (R-Pa) 2004 - $1,000
2006 - $1,000 Admitted adulterer
Friends of Bob Livingston PAC - Bob Livingston (R-LA) - Retired
2002 - $500 Admitted adulterer
Future Leaders PAC - Jerry Lewis (R-Calif) 2002 - $5,000
2004 - $5,000
2006 - $5,000 Lewis for Congress
2002 - $2,000
2004 - $1,000 Under investigation for defense lobbyist problems
Hoosier PAC - Dan Burton (R - Ind) 2006 - $1,000 Admitted adulterer
Peace Through Strength PAC - Duncan Hunter (R - Calif) 2006 - $5,000
Duncan Hunter for Congress
2002 - $1,300
2004 - $2,000
2006 - $1,000 Under investigation in connection with Duke Cunningham bribery case
Superior California Fed Leadership Fund - John T. Doolittle (R-Ca) 2006 - $5,000 Doolittle for Congress (or Friends for John T. Doolittle)
2004 - $1,000 Under investigation in the Jack Abramoff corruption case(s)
My favorite AP hack, Tim Whitmire, claims that only one candidate is politicizing this immoral behavior. Not Heath Shuler! Not Brad Miller! Must be Larry Kissell. Wow, Tim. Larry is politicizing immoral behavior of politician "A" and politician "B's" ties to politician "A". Say it ain't so, Timmeh, say it ain't so!
How dare the Kissell camp politicize the ties that bind one immoral politician to another. Because we all know.....
Several months ago I was knee-deep in the muck investigating Robin Hayes' felons and friends - or felonious friends - and his close financial links to several admitted liars, adulterers and (now) convicted felons. Little did I know that the information compiled would link Robin Hayes to an alleged pedophile. I am flat-out, completely, horizontally disgusted.
While the story continues to unfold on a national level, we have our own little story here in North Carolina's 8th Congressional District. Robin Hayes has strong ties to Mark Foley, Dennis Hastert, John Boehner and Tom Reynolds. All of these men apparently either approved of Foley's baiting of young teenage boys for homosexual acts, or they actively chose to ignore it. Now, they are shifting the blame to either the teenage boy(s) or the press or anyone but themselves and Mark Foley.
Lest you think I do nothing but pick on poor newspaper reporters, I've decided to take another approach today. I'm going to show a couple some love. The first, Joanie Morris of the Salisbury Post really earned it. The second, Tim Funk, of The Charlotte Observer is going to get some love for a much better job in portraying Larry's campaign.
After the hatchet job last week of GOP shill, Tim Whitmire, seeing some good strong reporting is refreshing. On a side note, I find myself chuckling over the fact that Whitmire's piece was picked up by only a handful of papers or news sites and only one was in-market. Voters in Fort Wayne, Indiana will probably be wondering who the hell Larry Kissell is and why they can't vote for him as will voters in Myrtle Beach and Hampton Roads, VA. Only WCNC (Channel 6 News) had the piece printed on their web site. The paper of record in North Carolina still has not picked up on the story. The Art Pope Digest in Raleigh carried it, though - big, BIG surprise.