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First Michele Bachmann, Robin Hayes and, Randy Kuhl.  Now a State Senator, NC Republican Neal Hunt wallows in the mud.

NC Republican State Senator Neal Hunt, running for re-election and supporting John McCain on C-Span November 1st.

"I would like some, some, normal person that knew him growing up to come forward and say "I love America and, and eh, I really like Barack Obama" I just hadn't seen anybody like that. Everybody, all of his associations seem to be radical American haters."

User WhalerCane at BlueNC.com brought this to our attention last night in the post: Neal Hunt Calls All Obama Associates 'Radical American Haters'.  Because the streaming video is a little tedious to wade through I've clipped it, posted it to YouTube and added the short transcript.

WhalerCane's post:

Chris Mintz Says He Should Apologize to Voters
Raleigh – Today during a national television broadcast, State Senator Neal Hunt said that all associates of Barack Obama are "radical American haters."  Appearing on C-Span Mr. Hunt also brought up the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and falsely claimed that as President, Barack Obama would roll back President Clinton’s welfare reform, "putting people back on the public doll".

His opponent, Small Businessman Chris Mintz called on Mr. Hunt to apologize to the voters of the 15th district.  "I’ve been talking with thousands of Obama supporters and none of them are radial American haters.  They are showing they love for America by coming out to vote in droves.  Neal Hunt owes all voters an apology for his outrageous comments."

Mintz continued. "Neal Hunt’s extremism is why he is ranked near the bottom in effectiveness in the State Senate.  Our state and nation are facing too many challenges to continue divisive politics as usual.  It’s time we get results."  

Neal Hunts comments can be found at http://www.c-spanarchives.org/...

At the end of the clip.

Editor:  Here's a better link, needs RealPlayer:
rtsp://video1.c-span.org/archive/c08/c08_wj110108_hunt.rm

"If it were in my power to forgive you for your reckless cruelty, I would do so. I like to think I'm a gentle man, but your forgiveness will have to come from someone other than me."

Joseph Welch, army's chief legal representative, who went on to say these famous words:

"Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator. You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"

So tonight another BlueNC.com user Stan posted a comment:

Sent Hunt a critical but polite email.  His amazing response...follows:

From: Sen. Neal Hunt [mailto:Nealh@ncleg.net]
Sent: Sunday, November 02, 2008 6:07 PM
To: Stan Bozarth
Subject: RE: Radical American Haters ??

Who said they were America haters.  You are an idiot.

Nice...

Sent him back the video of his own remarks...

Clueless in NC.  Send help.  We need Change.

UPDATE: Challenger Mintz responds with robo-call denouncing Hunt.  Had a little trouble uploading the audio but here it is as a WAV file:

Chris Mintz responds to Neal Hunt's outrageous statements about Barack Obama

PS Thanks again for paying attention and an appearance on the Rec list, however brief.

Originally posted to gregflynn on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 04:22 PM PST.

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