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Republican Robin Hayes, the multi-millionaire "representative" from North Carolina's mostly working class 8th district and always melodramatic rubber stamp for Tom DeLay, had some choice words for representatives from his district during a recent open session where constituents got to meet Robin Hayes.

The latest Montgomery Herald [print only] relates the gruesome highlights below the fold:

During the fall trip to Washington by Chamber of Commerce representatives, the group had an opportunity to visit with congressmen from across the region. Issues from education, to textiles to the economy were discussed. When it was all said and done, the one thing that was very clear is just how out of touch Washington is with rural America.

During one of the first sessions, the floor was opened for a question and answer period. Montgomery County School Superintendent Dr. Lindsey Suggs questioned the difficulty schools were encountering with the federal mandate, No Child Left Behind...

Having broken the First Commandment of a Republican question and answer session, Thou Shalt Not Question...Anything, Dr. Suggs was ultimately smited as is the custom among Hayes' people.  

Hayes, in a heated exchange with Suggs, defended the legislation and reminded Suggs, "You need me more than I need you."

The fallout has stirred up a hornet's nest for Hayes in North Carolina among educators and families, something the four-term incumbent (ridiculous isn't it?) must be getting used to since he hates North Carolina textile workers and North Carolina values even more. In response, Hayes drug Chairman John Boehner (OH) down for a damage control tour of the district's schools last week since our "trust fund" representative remains unable to answer the simplest questions about federal mandates he voted to impose on our state. Boehner proved just as shady as Hayes however.

Larry Kissell, an educator and former textile worker challenging Hayes in 2006, has captured the full Montgomery Herald article exposing Hayes' disdain for education (Answers Still Nowhere to be Found) on his campaign website where he has been leading the charge on both relieving our suffering schools and holding Hayes accountable.

Four terms of this mess is enough. This congressional seat isn't ripe, it's rotten. How 'bout it netroots? Has America had enough of Hayes yet?

Those of us in North Carolina have, and I really think Kissell will take Hayes out.

Originally posted to RANT on Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 05:57 PM PST.

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  •  Unemployed in NC, Need Tips (4.00)
    In the interest of equal time, Tim Dunn is making another bid as well, but feel free to compare to Larry Kissell.

    I'm partial to Kissell, but then again I live here.

    Robin Hayes sent my job to Central America and all I got was this lousy T-shirt.

    by RANT on Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 06:05:24 PM PST

  •  Hayes is endangered (4.00)
    He voted for CAFTA after saying he wouldn't for weeks, and will face a strong challenge from Tim Dunn in a district that has a net Democratic registration advantage in a year where the wind will be blowing at our backs.
    •  Didn't know about Kissell (4.00)
      He looks like a good candidate too.
      •  Kissell Looking Even Better Now (none)
        According to the latest from the Charlotte Observer, Kissell is adamantly Pro-Choice...

        He supports abortion rights, calling himself "pro-privacy," favors weaning America from a dependence on foreign oil and wants to reduce the federal deficit.

        Dunn, according to the Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County not so much.

        So we went and listened to Tim Dunn last night at the Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County. Can't say that I was overly impressed. Tim will be challanging Robin Hayes for the Eighth District congress seat. He is an Iraq vet and is a long standing member of the Democratic party in Cumberland County. He is pro-life and against an ammendment for gay marriage. Like I said wasn't overly impressed...

        Looks like really not so much actually: Pro-Life DINO fundraising list

        Uh, yeah.

        Robin Hayes sent my job to Central America and all I got was this lousy T-shirt.

        by RANT on Sat Dec 24, 2005 at 05:05:03 PM PST

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  •  Oh my god (none)
    So he says a million times he's going to vote against CAFTA, then after Hastert twists his arm he votes for it?

    Please tell me this guy is toast.  Are the odds good?

    -8.38, -7.54 "Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child." - Dan Quayle

    by movie buff on Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 07:44:23 PM PST

    •  We're up against the Republican Machine... (none)
      But Hayes is toast in NC regardless.

      I know Kissell is working hard to raise awareness and get it going, but he really needs support as a working grassroots candidate.

      He was drafted to run by the people, not the DCCC. That's a big difference from Dunn, but everyone is working for the same thing. Change.

      It's just that Kissell really is "one of us" as a former textile worker of 27 years and current school teacher and will be swiftboated only at Robin Hayes' peril. Dunn... I dunno. A personal injury attorney doesn't play well in NC. Ask John Edwards.

      This really is an important election for 2006. If we can't retire a despised jellyfish like Hayes that rolls over and barks every time the Republicans need an unpopular rubber stamp, then there's just no hope for 2006 at all.

      Even beyond 2006, if a regular working guy like Kissell can't run for the "People's House" then there's just no hope for politics (period).

      Robin Hayes sent my job to Central America and all I got was this lousy T-shirt.

      by RANT on Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 08:19:02 PM PST

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  •  Who is the 3rd Dem. candidate (none)
    One of the newspaper articles on your candidate's website says there are 3 Dem. contenders for this seat.  If Dunn is #2, who is number 3?  

    What is the history of this seat?  Did Hayes have serious challengers in the past?  Is it a good sign that there are 3 people vying for the seat?  Are they all viable?

    •  It is a good sign! (none)
      Mark Ortiz would be the third candidate so far, but he and Dunn have run before. I won't say Ortiz isn't viable, but he might just tell you he's not himself given the opportunity.

      Dunn I believe came in 5th out of 7 democratic candidates in the primary when he last ran in NC's 7th district before redistricting. Many in Washington (not to mention on Air America and Democratic Underground) certainly seem to think he's still viable. It's just too bad they can't vote here.

      Beth Troutman, now a talking head in Charlotte, won the Democratic nomination in 2004, and came very close to upsetting Hayes despite being a very young candidate at 27.

      In 2002, Chris Kouri, another young nominee and legal eagle came close as well.

      So Hayes is vulnerable. Quite. We just need the right candidate for the job. In my heart, I know it's home grown Kissell. Motivating the base is critical for the primary to have any chance against Hayes.

      Robin Hayes sent my job to Central America and all I got was this lousy T-shirt.

      by RANT on Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 08:58:09 PM PST

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