The vote change is what earned Hayes second place on the Washingtonian Magazine's "Best & Worst of Congress" list in the "Spineless" category earlier this month. The Kissell campaign has been eager to share that news.
Hayes dismisses it as fodder from an entertainment magazine.
No one mentions that he was named 67 of the 435-member House of Representatives in terms of influence and effective leadership in the Power Rankings on congress.org, he said.
"I wonder why they don't mention that. It's very interesting."
They probably don't mention it Robin because there are at least 65 other members of Congress that manage to bring home more bacon than you without grabbing their ankles for every bad boy lobbyist that offers to carry your books into the cloak room.
Hayes said CAFTA is a non-issue.
"It's the campaign red herring- that is the long and short of it," he said.
Hayes said the national economy is on the rise.
And I'm popular, and pretty, sNiFf, and I don't care what the football team says about me. I was drunk when I voted for that bill.
Kissell, of course, is still da man.
Kissell disagrees with Hayes' assessment of the economy.
"People throughout this district are hurting. Somewhere throughout this district, every night there are working families worried about jobs, healthcare, gas prices, the future- wondering if their children and grandchildren are going to have the same quality of life they did."
Kissell said four of the six counties that lie completely in the 8th district are in the top nine in the highest unemployment rates in North Carolina. Scotland County is first; Anson is second; he said. Richmond and Montgomery are the two others in the top nine.
"We're not this way because of bad policies in Raleigh. It is because of bad policies in Washington, D.C. And the first thing we have to do is fix it is allow no more free trade deals until we get the jobs in the 8 th district."
Kissell said he'll be coming out with a jobs plan soon and that voters who elect him to Congress will get a representative who is in touch with the constituency.
"My main plan is to be a Congressman who from Washington to the state level to the county level to the local level- to be a Congressman who is committed to getting jobs back."
Kissell was a 27- year textile employee before the mill he worked for was closed. He is now a school teacher in Biscoe.
Hayes is the scion of the former Cannon Mills dynasty.
Ouch Robin. Scion, diva, cheap date...
No wonder you voted for the Paris Hilton bill.