Thursday, September 20, 2007

Coast clears for Kissell

Two years ago, Larry Kissell didn't get much respect in his bid for Congress.

He's the Montgomery County teacher who ran in the 8th District against Concord Republican Rep. Robin Hayes. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee all but ignored him, instead steering money and support to an Iraq War veteran named Tim Dunn, who unexpectedly dropped out before the primary.

So Kissell won but ran an under-funded campaign through the fall. Only very late did the DCCC send in some help. But not enough. Kissell lost to Hayes by 329 votes.

This time the DCCC is trying to make it up to him. They held a Washington fundraiser that helped him retire $60,000 in debts. They've scheduled another in Washington next week. And they got former Ambassador Joseph Wilson -- husband of outed CIA agent Valerie Plame -- to come down for a Saturday fundraiser for Kissell in uptown Charlotte.

It's Kissell's lucky week. Today, state Rep. Rick Glazier, a Fayetteville Democrat who had been considering the race, announced he would instead run for re-election to the legislature.

"It really doesn't change a lot for us," says Kissell spokesman Steve Hudson. "We've been running really hard raising money before the end of the quarter."


Anonymous said...

Everything is "after the fact" with local Democrats. Ye Gads it's no wonder the mainstream reacts with horror to the idiots and wannabes that run the local Party. First it was the alternative lifestyle joker that stole all that cash and now it's this slick bum, glad handing phony Erdman running the show. God help us find more Kissell's, please!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update Jim. There's that little slice of Charlotte, little slice of Fayetteville, then there's the 8th District.

I think Kissell gets that.