In response to: Challengers exchange barbs in N.C. Senate District 3 race.
Well I know I am about to piss some folks off but it is better to be pissed off than pissed on. I am going to give my spill about where I stand on the Senate District 3 race.
I will not allow anyone to mislead folks as it relates to politics and what should be and/or not should be. Let’s be real!! After all I have been trying to educate folks in Edgecombe County and surrounding counties about what is really going on around them since the early 90’s via video, talk shows tv/radio and via newsletters. I have invested much time and resources in doing such sacrificing much especially time away from my family. But I recognize and understand that it is not only about my children but other folks children and also the elderly.
I guess someone will ask the question who am I? Well I am an active Negro who have been actively engaged in the Senate District 3 race since it was created.
It is a damn shame that this race is about race, 2 black candidates Bordeaux and Armstrong whom neither are the incumbent.
It is my opinion that both Bordeaux and Armstrong are going to help Jenkins get re-elected.
I supported Patricia Ferguson a black female out of Bertie County when the district was first created knowing that she was going to be written out at the end of the first term. My theory was if we were to get a black person elected that it would be easy to elect a black person after the district was re-drawn.
Where in the hell was these folks who are so geared up trying to unseat Jenkins when the seat was open for us but now all of a damn sudden folks have awaken. Well I was not sleep then and I damn sure is not sleep now.
So what did black folks do? They voted Jenkins in. Some of the same folks who are now saying they are trying to unseat him are responsible for him being in the seat all these years.
I am not mad with Jenkins because I can’t get mad with him because black folks have voted him in all these years. I voted for him during the last election.
The issue of who recruited who should not be an issue and one of them should have not filed to run because they are going to split the votes. But because neither refused to back down this is where we are fighting each other over the seat that the white man is holding and has held since the early 2000’s.
So since both filed and this is where we are, okay this is where I am.
I am so glad I know why both Bordeaux and Armstrong are in the race. I have talked to both candidates and I have talked to some folks who are close to both campaigns. I have met with some folks from both campaigns and I have refused to join either campaign because I have been involved in the Senate District 3 race on a personal note since the district was created.
I am glad Armstrong wanted to set the record straight that she was not recruited by Jenkins. I know that to be true. However she and Bordeaux are spoilers in the race if the citizens of the district feel they want change because it is a fact that they will both split the votes. This will help Jenkins.
I am unclear about the term trickery that Armstrong accused Bordeaux of. What I see Bordeaux doing is using all angles to defeat both Armstrong and Jenkins. This is nothing new and this should not be an issue.
I strongly agree with Bordeaux that it takes an organization and campaign resources to defeat Jenkins. I call it a political machine.
I disagree with Armstrong that her experience as an Edgecombe County commissioner, member of the Edgecombe County Board of Education and former Edgecombe County Democratic Party chairwoman make her a more qualified candidate for the Senate than Jenkins and Bordeaux.
Jenkins I would say has the experience because he has served in the seat since the early 2000’s. However any candidate that meets the criteria of the board of elections is qualified. I strongly feel that Armstrong and Bordeaux can go in and become experienced and serve just as good as Jenkins and/or better.
I strongly agree with Armstrong that money should not dictate a race however we all know it takes money to run a political machine. It is up to a candidate how much they are willing to invest in their campaign. The campaign finance reports shows just how much candidates spend during an election year and Jenkins report is online just like all candidates.
We have got to stop misleading folks with trickery words because we know that it should not be about who can raise the most money and it should be about the person who has the best ideas. But that is not the real world.
If a person has not held a particular seat or a similar seat in the legislature then he or she is not experienced. An example of that would be having served on the House side of the legislature but now wants to serve on the Senate side.
The real deal is how can one can defeat the money thing? Name recognition, how good a candidate can sell themselves and the most important thing is how good those on the campaign team can sell the candidate.
Running an effective campaign is about race because many times people vote for folks who look like them, money which equals advertisement and paying of campaign workers and any other expenses and who likes who which means if I just like someone because I know them or know someone that knows them.
I admire Bordeaux for not waiting to the last minute to start campaigning. There was much discussion last year about how can Bordeaux put up billboards so early?
I am glad to see Armstrong finally bringing out something about Jenkins when she took aim at him about the budget crisis however maybe she has been challenging him but I just didn’t read about it.
I like the way the article ended “District 3 was drawn as a minority-majority district to favor black candidates, but Jenkins, who is white, has held the seat for four terms. Both Bordeaux and Armstrong are black.” I have been educating folks about the creation of the Senate District 3 challenging white folks who have a problem when a black candidate says they should be given a chance to represent folks that looks like them.
Jenkins has it going on and that is he can and should use every time he speak that he received a 100% rating from the NAACP and that he is the only white person to serve on the NC Black Legislative Caucus Board.
So again my question is, “Is Senator Jenkins really fighting for black issues in Raleigh?” If he is not then go figure.
There is so much more I could say however this is enough on this subject for right now.
I have no permanent friends, no permanent enemies only permanent interest.
Curmilus Dancy II – DCN Publisher