So much is happening in Raleigh, its difficult for any mortal human to keep up. Fortunately, KCC has a lot of help:
First, is a Raleigh City Council candidate named Lent Carr II. He claims to have been an ordained minister since the age of 12, and recently came out of “nowhere” when he attempted to lead a taxi driver strike in Raleigh. WRAL TV says he doesn’t own or even drive a cab, but made himself the head of the brand new North Carolina Taxi Workers Alliance Inc.
Lent hopes voters will give him a second chance. Why? His political hero is former Washington mayor Marion Barry. Like the shamed former Mayor, Lent has served prison time for all arson, bank, and mail charges. He also apparently had problems with illegal drugs.
Carr’s profile on LinkedIn.com touts his experience as a law clerk at a federal correctional institute from 1996-2006, in which he supervised 21 employees. However, it does not mention that he was an inmate at the time. He was released from prison on Jan. 22, 2009.
Apparently he doesn’t like telling the truth, either.
Second, this week’s Elephant Express, posted by the Wake County Republican Party, states that a woman named Jennifer Mansfield attempted to get the local party to endorse her run for Wake County School Board as an unaffiliated. That’s not the scary part. Mansfield further informed the Wake GOP that she usually sides with Democrats, yet she still wanted the endorsement because she supported “neighborhood schools”, as do conservatives in Wake.
The Wake County Republican Party only endorses Registered Republicans, and registration as a Republican should not imply an endorsement. As a former member of the Wake County Republican Executive Committee, your blogger knows that possible endorsements are discussed at length and with all sincerity. The Elephant Express is e-mailed to anyone who wishes it. Sign up here.
Finally, Congressman Brad Miller (D-NC-13) should just go ahead and pack his bags. According to the John Davis Political Report, Miller should realize his fate and embrace it, as he is about to get redistricted out of office.
Davis essentially says its a case of a one upmanship. Ten years ago, when Miller was in the NC General Assembly, he drew the new 13th District for himself. Davis says he “double-bunked” Sen. Bob Rucho out of office.
Double-bunking occurs when two incumbents from the same party are drawn into the same district. If you are double-bunked you have two choices: run against each other in a brutal and expensive primary, or someone has to agree to go home.
Rucho chose not run against former. Sen. Robert Pittenger. Now, Sen. Rucho is back and head of the powerful NC Senate Re-Districting Committee, just like Miller was ten years ago. Touche’ to the Senator from Mecklenburg!
Read the entire post here and subscribe to Davis’ report. It’s always interesting and worth the read!
Editor’s Note: Though KCC doesn’t always agree with Davis, she’s been a big fan since his days at NCFREE when she was with the Cary Chamber of Commerce in the early 1990s. Congrats on your hard work, John.