25 May 2010

Politics in the Tarheel State

... just got a whole lot more interesting - and weirder. This from Josh Marshall:

D'Annunzio is seeking the GOP nomination to take on Rep. Larry Kissell (D-NC) this fall. He was the leader in a primary earlier this month, but didn't win enough of the vote to avoid a runoff in June....

... To undermine D'Annunzio, the state GOP has been circulating records from his 1995 divorce and from a 1998 child support judgment. In the latter, as the Charlotte Observer reported Sunday, the judge called D'Annunzio "a self-described religious zealot," and wrote that D'Annunzio had "described the government as the 'Antichrist'."

In the divorce case, Anne D'Annunzio said her husband had told her that "God was going to drop a 1,000-mile high pyramid" on Greenland, and also that he had found the Ark of the Covenant in Arizona, among other unusual beliefs.

DiAnnunzio is the local Tea Party backed candidate and it is the "regular" Repubs who are trying to deep six him.

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At 25 May, 2010 23:49, Blogger jack perry said...

Reminds me of that guy in Tennessee who had his middle name changed legally to "Low Tax" and, when he still couldn't win an election, shot his opponent.

I was curious if you were planning to write anything about the third party being organized in NC by the state employees' union. I read quite a bit about them in the News & Observer (Blues & Disturber if you prefer) and they aim to split the Democratic party.

At 27 May, 2010 14:16, Blogger Clemens said...

Budweiser, my lawyer friend, once had a client who legally changed her name to Satan Vedra Christ. She was an "exotic" dancer and wanted it for stage purposes (he assumed). Satan v. Christ.

I wasn't planning on writing anything about the third party because I hadn't heard about it! I'll have to investigate. Right now all we hear up here in our mountain redoubt is late breaking news on how bad our budget cuts are going to be. Right now they are talking about "involuntary furloughs without pay," know to you and me as pay cuts. Hope your school is surviving the budget process.

At 27 May, 2010 22:11, Anonymous Maire said...

The third party failed to garner enough signatures to get on any ballots. I think it's called NC First, or something like that.

At 29 May, 2010 22:50, Blogger Clemens said...

Hmm. So it was too nutty for North Carolinians?

Just curious.

At 30 May, 2010 20:23, Anonymous Maire said...

Well, first of all it was union-based. And there aren't a whole lots of unions in NC (state employees, like teachers, cannot unionize!) SEANC, btw, supported the thing, but since you can't use state email addresses for political purposes, most of us never heard of the new party. Despite its name (NC First or NC Families First, I can't remember), a national union for service workers was really behind it, so it wasn't truly homegrown. And in a state where Dems need every vote they can get, how smart an idea was it to try to break up the votes we do have?


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