NC candidates on the radar
From time to time, I’ll feature some races coming up in the Tar Heel State…for excellent coverage of candidates the place to go is BlueNC.
* Brad Miller, who represents of North Carolina’s 13th District (that includes Alamance, Caswell, Granville, Guilford, Person, Rockingham, and Wake counties), is up against the absolutely twisted, unhinged homobigot Vernon “Twilight Zone” Robinson (aka “the black Jesse Helms”). Miller has a strong presence on DKos as a diarist, btw.
Brad supports repeal of DADT, voted against the Marriage Protection Act and is a sponsor of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act. Robinson attempted to “smear” Miller by saying Brad has a 0% rating from the Family Research Council and the American Family Association, and said “Vernon opposes Brad’s plan to recruit thousands of foreign homosexuals to come to this country to be given American citizenship. Outrageous!”
* Larry Kissell (NC-08): He’s on the Netroots Endorsed Candidates list (h/t BlueNC). From Larry’s statement on real family values: “The hard working families of the 8th District and our nation deserve a commitment to education, economic opportunity, civil rights, personal freedoms and the safe, clean environment that we all want for our families.” He’s trying to unseat the horrible Robin Hayes, who made Washingtonian magazine’s “Best & Worst of Congress” list, and it wasn’t because he was the best. He won second place on the Spineless list re: CAFTA. Also, as BlueNC reported, Hayes is a fan of torture:
Back in March of this year, the US House of Representatives voted to spend another 80 billion dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The House had a separate vote on whether to add an amendment stipulating that none of that money could be spent on torture, and the amendment passed: 240 to 2.One of the two pro-torture Representatives was North Carolina’s own Robin Hayes.
* Ed Ridpath (D-NC House District 37). District 37 is in Southern Wake County and includes the towns of Apex, Holly Springs, and Fuquay Varina. Ed has earned the endorsement of Equality NC PAC, Planned Parenthood and the North Carolina Association of Educators. He’s up against one of the biggest wingnuts in the state, Paul “Skip” Stam, who is a co-sponsor of the state marriage amendment bill (which keeps dying, thankfully, in committee). To let you know how far to the right Stam is, he’s one of the bigots that ensured this was in the NC GOP platform:
We believe homosexual behavior is not normal and should not be established as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle either in public education or in public policy. We do not believe public schools should be used to teach children that homosexual behavior is normal. We do not believe that taxpayers should fund benefit plans for unmarried partners. We oppose special treatment by law based on nothing other than homosexual behavior or identity. We support federal and state constitutional amendments to ensure that marriage is limited to the union of one man and one woman. We oppose attempts to legitimize homosexual relationships by placing such relationships on an equal footing with marriage. We oppose the adoption of children by same sex couples.
* Julia Boseman (D- NC Senate District 9). The first openly gay state lawmaker in NC is endorsed by the Victory Fund. She’s in a tough battle for re-election in a Republican district. Blowhard homo-hater and unhinged UNC-Wilmington prof Mike Adams who writes for Townhall.com, accused Boseman of engineering her opponent’s homophobic campaigning against her in the last election. Her original GOP opponent this time around, Sherman Lee Criner, dropped out after child molestation allegations deep sixed his chances. He has since been replaced on the ballot by dentist Irvin “Al” Roseman.
Feel free to mention and link to other folks running for office in your state (particularly Red states) that are battling a wingnut/bible beater — and who have indicated they would work for positive change toward civil equality on several fronts.