Wow. It has been a crazy few days in North Carolina.
It started Wednesday with a tiny little story saying that Rep. Brad Miller was thinking about running against Elizabeth Dole. That was followed up by matching articles in the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer on Thursday.
Later Thursday Public Policy Polling conducted a poll, which showed Brad behind Dole, but only 33 to 44. While that poll is an amazing result, it shows a lot of room for improvement. For starters, 26% of Democrats are currently undecided.
Before I start in with the pitch let me give you two reasons why I think Brad would win this race:
"I think she will be judged on her record as a politician in 2008 and not judged as a celebrity, as she was in 2002," he said. "And she has simply been a down-the-line partisan Republican on every issue from Iraq to privatizing Social Security to opposing the minimum wage increase and supporting CAFTA [the Central America Free Trade Agreement]."
That is Brad from the Charlotte Observer Article.
"I think the advantage I'd have -- and any Democrat would have -- is I will never have to be briefed on which state I represent in the Senate."
That is Brad from the Raleigh N&O Article.
One of the easiest ways for the media to measure support is to see how much money a candidate has raised. The Obama campaign, even as it took in huge sums of money, attempted to upend this mindset by talking about the amount of people that gave money, and not how much money was given.
We are going to do the same thing. I am asking each and every one of you to donate to the Draft Brad Miller movement. But, I am not asking for us to raise a thousand or ten thousand dollars. I am asking for donors. I do not care if you give 2 dollars and 8 cents. I would be thrilled if you gave 20.08 or even 200.80 However, we are all on limited budgets.
I am looking for donors. I am looking for people to put their money where their mouth is and say, "I want Brad Miller to run for US Senate." I hope that everyone is able and willing to give 5 dollars to help convince Brad to run. He needs to know that the netroots will do everything in our power to launch him into office.
Right now we are at 17 donors. 14 of those donations occured before Brad said he was even thinking about running.
By Monday morning I would like to see us at 50 donations. I would also like to see us at 100 by the end of the week. We can do this. I would be much happier to see us at 100 donations with 800 dollars than I would be to see us at 2000 dollars and only 25 donors.
Brad will need our help fundraising if he decides to run. However, even he raises double what Jim Webb did in 2006 online, it will only be a small part of what he needs to win this seat. He is still going to have to spend a large amount of time raising the funds that will be necessary to beat Dole.
BUT, there is one thing that money can not buy. Committed Volunteers. By giving 5 dollars you say to Brad, I believe in you, and I will do everything that I have the ability to do to help you out. Your hours as a volunteer are worth much more than any amount of money you are legally allowed to give to campaigns. Tell Brad that you are willing to spend them!
Won't it be nice to have a Senator that actually represents North Carolinians?