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Rove fundraiser good for Burr, Cunningham

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr is hoping Karl Rove will raise him some campaign cash this week. One of Burr's Democratic challengers, Cal Cunningham, is also using Rove to raise cash.

Rove, who was the chief political advisor for President George W. Bush, will be in Raleigh Thursday night for a fundraiser for Burr, Rob Christensen reports.

Cunningham on Monday sent out an e-mail also trying to cash in on the Rove visit, with the headline "Help us fight back against Rove & Burr."

"Karl Rove is coming to North Carolina to help bring in the big bucks for his Washington friend and political protege, Richard Burr," wrote Morgan Jackson, senior advisor to the Cunningham campaign. "Help us fight back by contributing $5 or more today."

Details of the Burr event, which will be closed to the news media, have not been made public.


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Cal's personal fundraising

I've heard all of the political fundraising talk, but I am wondering about Cunningham's normal gig, fundraising for himself. Most people call that a JOB. Cunningham is still listed as an associate at Kilpatrick Stockton. Is he still working? Has he been working the last 3 months while he has been dotting the state and east coast at speaking engagements and fundraisers? If so, has he been getting his normal salary. If I don't show up to my job, I don't get paid.

If Cunningham has been getting paid a full time salary and doing less than full time work, is that considered a campaign contribution by his law firm?

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I agree that lobbyists and special interest groups should not be Cal's first foray outside of the state. It just shows the DC influence on his campaign.

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Cunningham doesn't even know anybody in North Carolina and now he is going to DC to have drinks with the lobbyists. He's not even in office yet and he's courting them.

President Obama made a pledge to take on K-Street. We need a Senator who will stand with the President first, Cunningham is already standing with K-Street! Cunningham looks more and more like John Edwards every day. He has no real background and now he is mooching up to the very special interest groups that President Obama refused to take money from.

Cunningham is a hypocrite on Rove uproar

Cunningham needs to watch the accusations yet again. While Cunningham is blasting Burr over a fundraiser, he is having one of his own ... with DC lobbyists today!

The invitation reads:

Kelly Bingel & Jonathon Jones

Cordially Invite you to a Meet and Greet with Cal Cunningham Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate - NC

For more information about Cal visit

Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 3:30 PM

At the Office of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti
1341 G Street, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005

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At the rate Obama is moving to the right all the NC Senatoral hopefuls will be inviting Rove for supper.

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Gigglebox did you change your name again? First it was Gosh, then Gigglebox, is it now NCSU61?

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Next thing you know NCSU61 will poo poo the slow, stop man or the forklift operator a your local business or the nurse's aide that is helping your grandmother with her baths or the retail clerk that sold you your last pair of running shoes and so on and so on. You see, to NCSU 61 who has brought up the lawnmower bit too many times to count now, you only count in this world if you are a lawyer. I'm sorry NCSU61 that the fact that a whole lot more people in this state are average Joe's vs. lawyers is so horrible to you.
I didn't know that crapping on the little guy would be a cornerstone of Cal Cunningham's campaign. Crapping on the little guy's pickup truck in Massachusetts didn't work out so well either my friend.

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ncsu61 wrote: "I sincerely believe that it is time for Senator Burr to retire and return to selling lawn mowers."

I'm not sure how to take this statement. I hope you are not throwing off on lawnmower salespeople! My daddy taught me that you never talk about a man's dog, woman, pickup truck, shotgun or lawnmower. Besmirching a man's or a woman's lawnmower is pretty common down where I come from.

Richard Burr knows the importance of a man's or woman's lawnmower! And Cal better learn!

A true North Carolinian knows that there is not much more sacred that a good lawnmower. What could be more satisfying than a good lawnmower which cranks instantly and then starts slinging grass?

If lawnmowers become the central issue of this campaign Richard Burr will win decisively! What is a more important family values’ issue than the family lawnmower.

The man or woman who can give you good advice about the family lawnmower is a rare jewel indeed. Embrace that person!

Democrats' Bush-bashing strategy goes bust


After three consecutive losses in statewide races, some top Democrats are questioning a tactic aimed at boosting the party’s candidates in each of those contests: Bush-bashing.

Running as much against the Bush White House as he was running against Sen. John McCain, Barack Obama easily carried Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts in 2008.

Yet when Democratic nominees for governor in Virginia and New Jersey and for Senate in Massachusetts sought to tie their GOP opponents to the still-unpopular former president, the strategy didn’t resonate. Voters were more focused on the current administration or local political issues — and the onetime Democratic magic formula seemed yesterday’s news.

“Voters are pretty tired of the blame game,” said longtime Democratic strategist Steve Hildebrand, a top aide on Obama’s presidential campaign. “What a stupid strategy that was.”

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And Cunningham had to get his wife to beg for ideas for her husband to run on.

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I guess then it is official that "Caloakley" will be the Democratic nominee. Better tell the others in the primary so they can save their money. Rove may be good for Burr and Cal. The news coming from the Obama administration sounds like it was written by Rove.

Now everyone is embracing Rove. Never thought I would see that.

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I sincerely believe that it is time for Senator Burr to retire and return to selling lawn mowers. He has become an embarrassment to the citizens of North Carolina. We need new representation in the United States Senate beginning in 2010.

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On April 15, 2009 the press revealed that Burr’s first action, after being informed of the problems in the banking system, was to call his wife and have her withdraw cash from their bank accounts. Obviously, he had real concerns for his North Carolina constituents! He is now well known as “Bank Run Burr”.

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• Burr supported the trade agreements which have wiped out millions of American jobs.
• Burr supported Bush economic policies which have brought the United States to the brink of depression.
• Burr supported the Bush Administration in the politicization of science.

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• During his five years in the Senate, Burr was a reliable vote for the policies of the Bush Administration voting with the Republicans 97.5% of the time.
• Burr supported the failed Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and “trickle down”. Have you received your “trickle down” yet? Do you remember Republican supply-side “voodoo economics”?
• Burr supported Bush policies on torture, rendition, domestic spying on American citizens, the unnecessary Iraqi War, doubling the national debt and Social Security privatization.
• Burr supported the Bush appointment of incompetent cronies to administrative posts leading to the weak response to Katrina and the inadequate supervision of the securities markets by the SEC.

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Dont donate a dime to Cunningham...he refuses to answer simple emailed questions about the state of our state/country...

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