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100% prime grade NC wingnuttery…and promise of change

“It is an incredible honor to receive the True Blue Award. We have addressed a number of important issues in the 109th Congress, and I am especially proud of my votes to protect the values of my constituents.”

— United States Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-5), glowing over her “True Blue Award” for 100% rating from the Family Research Council

Tony Perkins and the FRC give out this award to members of Congress who “demonstrate extraordinary integrity and character in their defense of families and the sanctity of human life through their votes.”

Virginia Foxx fits that bill to a T and is the kind of representative we need to unseat here. There’s no hope for moderation when you have a voting record like this:
  Voted to allow faith-based organizations the ability to discriminate in their hiring practices
  Voted to prohibit the transportation of minors across state lines to obtain abortions without parental consent
  Voted against funding human embryonic stem cell research
  Voted to allow the public display of the Ten Commandments
  Voted for “flag burning” amendment

Foxx was also one of the 11 Republicans that voted against aid for victims of Katrina. Nice.

Foxx is chummy with Phyllis Schlafly

And to think, her opponent when she ran for this seat, Pitt County farmer and NC GOP chairman Ferrell Blount, bashed Foxx as a “liberal feminist” after he was defeated.

Foxx is vulnerable this time around, so we’ll see if someone can knock her off.


Real Values has a run-down of other vulnerable NC seats, including singer U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes of Concord and almost sure to hang on Walter B. (“freedom fries”) Jones, Jr.

Blue NC also covers Robin Hayes.

In 2001, Hayes screwed his constituents by voting for legislation that would remove the ability to negotiate trade deals from Congress and put it in the hands of president Bush—legislation that threatened to exacerbate the unemployment and poverty in his district, and legislation that he promised to vote against before he let himself be bullied into changing his mind


On the bright side, it’s good to see Kos is covering Tim Dunn, who is running for Hayes’s seat in North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District.

Dunn’s one of the “Fighting Dems” — military veterans whose service in recent conflicts make them attractive and formidable Dem candidates — who are inoculated from the hollow criticism from the likes of the 101st Fighting Keyboardists and members of the Operation Yellow Elephant brigade.

Dunn has served in Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Kosovo and Iraq, so take that, you chickenhawks.

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