Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Carson Will Face More Primary Opposition

Evidence of dissatisfication with the Democrat's anointed candidate to take the place of the late Rep. Julia Carson, her grandson Andre Carson, becomes more evident as another Democrat files to challenge him in the May primary. Community leader Frances Nelson Williams joins State Rep. David Orentlicher and State Rep. Carolene Mays in opposing Carson for the primary nomination for the 7th congressional district. Earlier, former state health commissioner Dr. Woody Myers also indicated he would challenge Carson for the nomination. Democratic African-American leaders are becoming concerned that a fractured community may pave the way to victory for the lone white candidate in the race, Rep. Orentlicher. They've made it clear that they believe the 7th District congressional candidate must be black, although blacks make up less than a third of the district.

The Star's Maureen Groppe is also reporting that Andre Carson's candidacy will get a financial boost from a D.C. fundraiser this Thursday. "Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, the Michigan Democrat who heads the Congressional Black Caucus, is heading a Thursday fundraiser for Carson at the Democratic Party headquarters in Washington," Groppe writes. "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, along with the rest of the top four Democratic House leaders and the head of the campaign arm of House Democrats, are also listed as hosts on the invitation." PACS are being solicited to contribute $5,000, while lawmakers are being asked to contribute $2,000. This must be the point where the $140,000 remaining in the late Rep. Julia Carson's campaign is divvied up among varous PACs and candidate committees, who in turn donate the money back to Andre's campaign.

The organizer of Carson's fundraiser, Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick, should be familiar to Advance Indiana readers. She is the one who stood up and announced at the televised funeral of Rep. Carson that she made a death bed wish to her that Andre should be the one to succeed her in Congress. "Send my seed," she declared according to Kilpatrick. These aren't the best of times for the Kilpatrick family. Detroit voters followed that "send my seed"mentality in electing Kilpatrick's son as their city's mayor. Last year, Detroit taxpayers were hit with a $9 million judgment brought by law enforcement officers charged with providing security to Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Although Mayor Kilpatrick testified during that lawsuit that he did not have a sexual relationship with his chief of staff, text messages obtained by the media through public access have shown otherwise. Mayor Kilpatrick may now face perjury charges. This may give 7th District voters pause before they follow Rep. Kilpatrick's advice and send Andre Carson to Congress to take his grandmother's seat.

25 comments:

o'liberty said...

"They've made it clear that they believe the 7th District congressional candidate must be black, although blacks make up less than a third of the district."

Voting for people based on race. Sounds like "equality" to me. Well done, society.

Anonymous said...

Congresswoman Kilpatrick "passed her seed" on to the people of Detroit in the form of her Hip Hop son, Kwame Kilpatrick. I don't generally hit Wikipedia but the facts there on Kwame Kilpatrick will give you some idea of the type of outsiders that are "backing" Andre. What a disgraceful band of crooks.
It must also be noted that Congresswoman Kilpatrick enjoys the personalfriendship and support of Nation of Islam bigot, Louis Farrakhan. Doesn't this all sound familiar.
Any self-respecting black candidate for ANY public office would steer clear of ANYONE named Kilpatrick but not Andre Carson.
Live and learn Andre, live and learn.

Anonymous said...

(This must be the point where the $140,000 remaining in the late Rep. Julia Carson's campaign is divvied up among varous PACs and candidate committees, who in turn donate the money back to Andre's campaign.)

This part of your post clearly shows that you have no understaning of federal campaign finance law. Read the law before you make yourself sound like an idiot.

Anonymous said...

Furthermore Rep. Kilpatrick's husband has no relevance to Mr. Carson's campaign.

Anonymous said...

She is a strong succesful women who has earned the respect of her black collegues in washington to head the CBC. Draging her personal family through the mud is classless.

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute, 9::37...if Congresswoman Kilpatrick's family is irrelevant...then, her mention at Julia's funeral, of electing Julia's family should also be irrelevant.

She introduced the idea of looking to family as an example of electability.

Go whine on her doorstep. And while you're there, chairwoman of the CBC or not, introduce her to some basic good manners. Bringing raw political nonsense into a funeral is classless. We heard Burnetta do it, and we expected no better...but the chairwoman of the CBC?

All parents of adult children sometimes cry silently because of stupid actions of their offspring. But in light of the Detroit Mayor's actions, Ms. Kilpatrick's funeral directions to us, are particularly hypocritical.

As for FEC regulations: Julia's leftover campaign funds can indeed be donated. Those donations can channel back to Andre. It isn't easy, but it's been done and it will be done again here. Before you pop off, you might want to check the FEC's guidelines about surplus campaign funds, which, in this instance, Julia's campaign funds are (surplus):


http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/cfl/cfl02/cfl02chart3a.htm


Her campaign committee could donate to party committees or even some "voter education" efforts.

The voters on Mar. 11 and in the May primary will deal with this mess.

But criticizing those who mention family ties, witih regard to Ms. Kilpatrick, is hilarious. She started it. At a funeral no less.

Anonymous said...

Nothing ever seeks to amaze me about the 7th District Congressional Race. Just Curious Though, I wonder how much money Louis Farrakhan and the NOI are contributing to place their 7th District Congressional Candidate in a position of power?

Anonymous said...

I'm hoping the NOI, or any other church per-sey, is not contributing, as it would violate their tax-exempt status.

Wilson46201 said...

Erin Rosenberg, André Carson's campaign treasurer, will be the first to let this blog know about any monies coming in from the NoI.

Anonymous said...

Hard to trace cash Wilson.

Ed Angleton said...

Isn't time for a debate? Drop all the pretense. Drop all the posturing. Get down to the issues and positions. Invite all three candidates and let the best man rise to the top.

Anonymous said...

Wilson, you never answered what happened to the cash reserves from the late Julia Carson's camp.

HOOSIERS FOR FAIR TAX said...

Hey, I'm curious. What have either Andre Carson or Jon Elrod done for the taxpayer?

I'm not talking about what the candidates say, but what they actually DO. In otherwords I want to know about specific actions on their part that have benefitted the public that pays their salaries.

Does anyone know? How has the taxpayer benefitted from the offices they hold?

Anonymous said...

Why are the Repubs working so hard to make it sound like Andre Carson has no support or that there is some big split in the party...Andre is the choice of the party and the voters will support that.

Anonymous said...

Why are the Repubs working so hard to make it sound like Andre Carson has no support or that there is some big split in the party...Andre is the choice of the party and the voters will support that.

Anonymous said...

Did Greg Ballard have any political experience when he decided to run fo Mayor?

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to vote! :)

Wilson46201 said...

Julia Carson's campaign committee will be filing a final report detailing all disbursements at the end of this month.

Eric Dickerson has been ducking FEC inquiries for a year now asking where all his leftover monies went. What is he hiding?

http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00421701

Anonymous said...

7:25: I am a precinct committeeman. Andre was not and is not my choice, and I am far from alone.

As for a debate: Equality Indiana is sponsoring one Feb. 22, I believe at 7 pm, at Jesus Metropolitan Church on the northeast side, just east of Keystone.

Vox Populi said...

7:25--There is a split in the party. Andre Carson does have support, but the way the Caucus was handled (some candidates getting old precinct committee lists, committeepersons being denied credentials, etc.), along with the nepotism issue, have really caused a lot of us Democrats to be very anti-Carson.

The Democratic Party is divided on this race. Our party insiders failed us. The Center Township Machine needs to fall. Maybe when consolidation happens their gang will find something else to do.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmmm....Julia's committee will detail its expenditures by the end of the month.

Not much time to digest the report and ask critical questions before the special election Mar. 11., is there?

Why the delay? Why not now?

Anonymous said...

One reason I will never vote for Andre Carson: Wilson.

He attacks private citizens and Andre Carson chooses to allow people like this to be around him. We all know the old saying, “Birds of a feather…” so if this is what Andre wants around him, it must be what he is like.

Anonymous said...

I stand in the same place as anon 1018: I am a precinct committeeman. Andre was not and is not my choice, and I am far from alone. (You said it perfectly, I hope you don't mind I did a little cut and paste.)

Anonymous said...

6:44, unfortunately, that's a broad brush with which to paint.

I'm not supporting Andre, but he's a genuinely nice guy. Under-qualified for the job by almost any reasonable measure, but pleasant and a gentleman.

Which makes all of this so strange. And I'm always suspicious of deathbed conversions or pronouncements.

Anonymous said...

I just saw my first Andre TV commercial. It's very good.

Damn it.