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Fighting for change in the 8th district
Thanks to all of our friends and supporters who attended our campaign events with Senator Max Cleland of Georgia. I also wish to thank my fellow veterans at the VFW for helping to host the events, as well as the volunteers and supporters who provided food and beverages. Personally I ate a few too many chocolate chip cookies.
Senator Cleland is an exciting speaker with a strong message on the need for change and I am proud to count him among my friends. His strong support of veterans and their families is an important part of our campaign for the 8th district and a reminder of why we are in this fight. Thanks again for stopping by and meeting with Senator Cleland and myself. I look forward to seeing you soon on the campaign trail.
notes from The Campaign Trail
A quick look at what the press are saying about the 8th Congressional race suggests a perfect storm is brewing and change is on the way. The scandals, broken promises, and failures of leadership are catching up to the Republican-led, rubber-stamp Congress.
Political writer Rob Christensen of the News & Observer in Raleigh agrees that Robin Hayes’ broken promise on CAFTA creates an unprecedented opportunity for an upset victory in the 8th. In an article titled “Ethics in; Hayes out in 2006” Christensen writes, “U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes of Concord won't win re-election. Though Democrats have been gunning for Hayes for years, voters like the genial textile executive. But Hayes' flip-flop on a trade bill -- voting for it after declaring himself "flat-out, completely, horizontally opposed" -- is too damaging.”
In addition, AP writer Tim Whitmire in a recent Charlotte Observer article reported on a Elon University poll that documented a nearly 20 percent drop between the percentage of people in North Carolina who said they voted Republican for president in 2004 compared to those who intend to vote Republican for congress in 2006 (45.8 percent to 26.2 percent).
Whitmire noted, “The frontrunner against Hayes...is Timmy Dunn, a Fayetteville trial lawyer and Marine Corps lieutenant colonel who has gotten national publicity as one of several veterans of the Iraq war seeking political office.”
The article also pointed to Hayes’ flip-flop as a major weakness, stating, "Dunn is hitting Hayes hard on his vote in favor of the Central American Free Trade Agreement, a vote cast in July after Hayes spent weeks speaking out against the deal, citing the harmful effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement on his district. Dunn has blamed Hayes' CAFTA vote for recent layoffs at an Edenton textile plant.”
And Atlantic Monthly senior editor Josh Green reported in a
feature article this month about Democratic veterans who are “running on the attractively civic-minded notion that service in Congress is a patriotic extension of service in the military.”
Timmy Dunn has said from day one on the campaign trail that after 19 years in the Marine Corps, he is now prepared to serve his country in a different manner. As he states in The Atlantic article, “What's needed in Congress today is a dose of honor, courage, and commitment."
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