June 14, 2006

KOSMONAUT:

N.C. court candidate draws ire of both Republicans and Democrats (MIKE BAKER, June 13, 2006, Associated Press)

The leaders of the state's Democratic and Republican parties have asked voters not to cast ballots for state Supreme Court candidate Rachel Lea Hunter, whose fiery rhetoric in recent weeks has included comparing the actions of a black congressional candidate to that of a slave.

"She's unstable and unqualified, and the thought of her serving on the highest court in North Carolina is scary," state Republican party chairman Ferrell Blount said Tuesday.

Blount's comments came after Hunter, a former Republican running as a Democrat, used the title "Dur Fuhrer" -- commonly associated with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler -- when referring to state Democratic party chief Jerry Meek. Such rhetoric led Meek to endorse Republican-backed incumbent Mark Martin in his race with Hunter for a seat on the state's high court. [...]

Last week, in a post on her Web site, Hunter criticized congressional candidate Vernon Robinson for running for office as a Republican, even though the staunch and outspoken conservative lost his bid for state GOP chair at the party's convention in 2005.

"Like a good slave, he has returned to the plantation," Hunter wrote about Robinson, who is black.

On Tuesday, Hunter revised that statement on her Web site, calling Robinson's behavior like that of an "Uncle Tom" -- considered to be a contemptuous term for a black whose behavior toward whites is regarded as fawning or servile.

"While I don't have a high regard for Vernon Robinson, I would never characterize him the way she did," Meek said.

Hunter also ran for a seat on the Supreme Court in 2004, finishing third to winner Paul Newby.

"She's not stable," Blount said. "I would applaud Jerry Meek, calling it the way he sees it. If she was still a Republican, I would have done the same thing."


It would be easier to dismiss her as crazy if she didn't sound like the mainstream of the Democratic Party in Washington.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 14, 2006 8:28 PM
Comments

There's going to be a lot of this sort of nonsense with Blackwell, Steele, and Swann on the ballot this fall.

And I predict if someone asks Howard Dean to repudiate such bigotry, he'll tapdance away from it, and blame the GOP for nominating 'divisive' candidates.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 15, 2006 12:18 AM
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