Former Congressman Bob Etheridge, a Democratic candidate for governor, stopped in Clayton Tuesday morning, stopping to greet folks at Jones Lunch downtown. For a reporter's notebook, Eastern Wake News editor Johnny Whitfield sends along this:
The crowd included people who came to eat breakfast and others who had been called by the Etheridge campaign. Etheridge mostly spent his time talking to people who had been called and virtually no time talking to the "regular" people in the restaurant. Two operatives sat nearby at a table collecting checks from donors.
When Etheridge tried to make formal comments, the only people who listened were those who came specifically to see him -- about 12 to 15 people. All the rest of the folks in the restaurant ignored him and continued their own conversations, sometimes laughing so loud you couldn't even hear Etheridge.