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Baptist Pastor and Tea Party favorite Mark Walker has pulled out a sort of political upset in North Carolina's 6th Congressional District by ousting establishment GOP favorite Phil Berger Jr. Mr. Berger, a local district attorney, is the son of powerful State Senate Majority Leader Phil Berger. Berger Jr was also a Karl Rove's favorite.

Greensboro News Record

The congressional seat is open due to 30 year Congressman Howard Coble's (R) retirement.

Walker defeated Berger Jr. in a runoff today after finishing behind Berger Jr. in the previous primary. No candidate reached 50% in the original primary and a runoff was triggered.

The Democratic Party Nominee, Laura Fjeld, tonight issued a statement "congratulating" Walker by calling on supporters of Phil Berger Jr to join her campaign:

Fjeld Statement on Republican Primary:

Mark Walker won the bitter Republican runoff tonight by appealing to far-right Tea Party voters.

Democratic congressional candidate Laura Fjeld welcomed Republican supporters of Phil Berger Jr. to join her campaign, stating, “Those mainstream Republican voters who are disappointed with their extremist nominee have a home in my campaign.  I represent mainstream North Carolina values, and will work with Republicans, Independents, and Democrats to create jobs and improve education.”

Laura outlined the differences between her and Walker, stating, “Mark Walker is a radical extremist who doesn’t share the values of North Carolinians.  He wants to raise taxes on millions of working families.  Walker believes that women who are the victim of rape or incest should be forced to carry the resulting pregnancy. Walker would even outlaw some forms of birth control.  This is 2014, we should be talking about jobs, not banning birth control.”

 Laura concluded by stating that, “Walker’s extremism has blinded him from the issues that matter. I am laser focused on the issues people care about: creating jobs, fixing our roads, improving our schools, and cutting wasteful spending.  I will work with both sides, be a consensus builder, and get the results we need to help families here in North Carolina.  I will work to end the Washington gridlock while Mark Walker’s extremism will make it worse.  I will be a voice for everyone; Mark Walker will be a voice only for the most extreme segment of our society.”

Here is a series of answers to questions posed to Mark Walker recently:

On Taxes:

We must reduce the overbearing corporate taxes on small and large businesses
On Abortion:
We must defund Planned Parenthood now! Since 1972, the American taxpayer has provided six billion dollars to an organization that has single-handedly ended the lives of millions of babies........I will work diligently to pass legislation that clearly states that all life begins at conception.
On the ACA:
We need immediate legislation that allows any business to opt out of the job-killing Affordable Care Act. This unconstitutional legislation is adding another trillion dollars to the backs of our people
Mark Walker has also reportedly said he would back Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House while stating Boehner has been too willing to work with President Obama.

Here is a seat the Democrats can pick up this Fall.

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  •  I'll distract him , you inject the tranquilizer (2+ / 0-)
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    Intheknow, NCTim

    and we'll both get him into the straightjacket.

  •  Does that mean (2+ / 0-)
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    Intheknow, kayak58

    Berger's repeal ACA billboards are coming down?

    This land is your land and this land is my land, sure, but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyway. ~ Bob Dylan ~

    by NCTim on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 07:25:39 AM PDT

  •  Walker's a Nut (1+ / 0-)
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    How I could go from NC-4 and David Price to NC-6 and this Southern Baptist nutcase I'll never understand. Besides his "life begins at conception" positions, here's some more of his thoughts:

    Walker favors tax-funded vouchers for private and religious schools:

    He will also push for legislation which will empower families by allowing them to exercise educational choice through vouchers which will let funding follow the child to the school of their family’s choice.
    He's got the typical GOP non-plan for healthcare:
    Obamacare should be repealed, and Mark will make doing so one of his top legislative priorities.

    Instead of mandating health insurance, we should focus on market-based solutions – including tort reform and enabling plans to be sold across state lines – which will help bring the cost of healthcare down without creating additional bureaucracy or increasing the national debt.

    He's a big fan of military spending:
    The continued downsizing of our military should be frightening to all of us.
    He's a climate change denier:
    Climate change has become a political football and the secular left has used it to drive through restricting regulations that have damaged our economy. We can be green without being extreme. Much of the “so-called” science of climate change is contested though it’s made a few politicians quite wealthy. I believe that God provided the earth to us
    He opposes all sane immigration reforms
    Mark is opposed to all forms of immigration amnesty. The immigration system is broken, and we must fix it. Our first priority must be to secure our porous borders; without secure borders, reforms will have no effect.

    We've got a clear choice in NC-6. Learn more about Laura Fjeld here:

    Contribute to Laura Fjeld here:

    Election Day is Nov 4th, 2014 It's time for the Undo button on the 2010 Election.

    by bear83 on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 09:01:28 AM PDT

    •  My personal favorite is (1+ / 0-)
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      defunding Planned Parenthood while ending the
      social safety net.

      •  There's that plus cuts to corporate taxes, (1+ / 0-)
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        opposition to cutting military spending and whining about deficit spending.

        He's lying to himself and the voters if he can't see that relationship. Of course, that's typical GOP trickle-down fantasy.

        Election Day is Nov 4th, 2014 It's time for the Undo button on the 2010 Election.

        by bear83 on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 12:09:35 PM PDT

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        •  By his biography (0+ / 0-)

          He appears to have spent most of his time in the corporate world. He has a record of helping the poor. However, his positions appear to bridge the worst in conservatism- he is going to love corporations and channel his beliefs to vote for extreme social positions.

  •  I'm a Fjeld supporter, but (0+ / 0-)

    to say that "Here is a seat the Democrats can pick up this Fall" without substantial expansion on the subject is to say too little.

    Yes, Walker is a Republican fundamentalist tea party loon, but NC-06 was drawn to contain a majority of republican fundamentalist tea party loons. Like any half-way decent preacher, Walker is personable, well-spoken, and clearly is very comfortable with pressing the flesh. He has boots on the ground that are to die for (thanks to his large and enthusiastic church) and strong grassroots funding (he raised a ton of money for this primary and runoff, essentially all from individual donations).

    He does have some weaknesses (I mean, aside from the fact that he's batsh*t crazy, which is actually a strength in this district). He's green (has never held any government position or elective office at any level) and thus he can make mistakes, like this blooper:

    In a televised debate on July 11, 2014, between Republican primary runoff candidates Phil Berger, Jr. and Mark Walker, Walker claimed, "Just yesterday we were able to find out that the Chief Justice of Ethics of the North Carolina Supreme Court reprimanded him [Berger] for misleading the jury not based on the facts."[38] Walker later apologized for the inaccurate claim, as he had actually been citing a 1935 U.S. Supreme Court case involving a completely different person with the last name of Berger. Walker said that he had been given the information by "a government source in Raleigh."
    He triangulates and is inclined to fib when caught at it. He started the race favoring a "path to citizenship," then did a quick about-face post-Cantor. When called on it, his first response was to deny that amnesty had ever been his position, and claimed his web site had been hacked to make it look otherwise (and then walked that back, saying his position had "evolved").

    Fjeld is doing the right thing, running on the claim that Walker is "too conservative." But that probably won't get the job done all by itself. Her supporters need to keep the pressure on Walker in hopes of eliciting an Akin moment from him. Alas, "hope" is not a strategy. Not a winning one, anyway.

    In short, NC-06 is a seat Democrats might pick up if Fjeld executes brilliantly and a series of minor miracles occur. To say it is one they "can" pick up is asking a whole lot. I doubt the Democratic party is going to pour huge resources into this race. I think we're mostly on our own down here.

    Beneath the beam that blocked the sky, none had stood so alone as I - and the Hangman strapped me, and no voice there, cried "Stay" for me in the empty square. (The Hangman, Maurice Ogden)

    by DocDawg on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 12:04:43 PM PDT

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