Lefties cheer attempt to “buy” Richard Burr’s vote

NCPolicyWatch — run by that madly-blinking space alien Chris Fitzsimon and his BFF Rob, and funded by WRAL owner Jim Goodmon — has the gory details: 

Given what we know thus far, this seems as if it’s worth a try….

Durham, N.C., February 3, 2017: When North Carolina residents Eunice Chang and Lekha Shupeck realized the only way to get Senator Richard Burr’s attention was to buy it, they launched a GoFundMe campaign to do exactly that: www.gofundme.com/buy-senator-richard-burrs-vote.

Betsy DeVos gave $43,200 to Senator Richard Burr’s reelection campaign, and is getting Burr’s vote for a Cabinet seat in return. Meanwhile, as many North Carolina citizens know first-hand, Burr consistently fails to answer constituent concerns.

He refuses to hold town hall meetings because they “don’t work for him.” It’s near impossible to get in touch with staffers in his offices: phones are “busy,” voicemail boxes are full, and emails and letters are largely ignored. Burr’s office has called his own constituents, trying desperately to get their senator’s attention, “out-of-state[rs]” and “lack[ing] civility and decorum” simply for voicing their opposition to his policy decisions. In the case of the phone campaign against DeVos’ nomination, Burr himself stated that the opposition was a “strategy hatched a long time ago” rather than a genuine outpouring of concern from North Carolina citizens.

Clearly, that $43,200 means that DeVos gets Senator Burr’s attention and vote, while the citizens of North Carolina get dismissed and ignored by the person who is supposed to represent their interests. So if money is the only thing Senator Burr listens to, we want to put our money to work!

Since we believe that what DeVos did by donating to Burr’s campaign was tantamount to bribery and unethical, we won’t be trying to buy his vote directly. Instead, our fundraiser donates directly to Public School Forum of North Carolina, an organization that does important work advocating for better public education in our state’s schools.

The Public Forum’s policy work will be essential in the coming years to help protect public education in North Carolina from DeVos and the regressive efforts of the NC state legislature, whose policies have ensured that North Carolina is 47th in the nation for teacher pay and 45th in overall public school funding according to the NEA.

We hope that by donating to efforts to protect NC public education from an unqualified opponent of public education like Betsy DeVos, we can send a strong message to Senator Burr: if money is the only message you understand, we’re speaking your language now.

Anyone else find it interesting that this crowd hails from Durham — Ground Zero for North Carolina’s riot-in-the-streets-and-burn-stuff crowd?   

5 comments for “Lefties cheer attempt to “buy” Richard Burr’s vote

  1. Randolph
    February 9, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Just proves that Goodman and his BFF Rob are certifiably insane.

  2. Doug
    February 9, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    ^This

    I have contacted Burr a couple of times over the year by email and phone. I had none of the problems Scowly references above. My theory is that Burr just finds it is best not to respond to whackos so he has a block on the Durham/Orange area.

  3. John Blust
    February 9, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Why isn’t Fitzsimon demanding that Democrat Senators recuse themselves from the vote on DeVos due to all the support and money from the teachers unions?

  4. john steed
    February 9, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Durham is also ground zero for election fraud in NC.

  5. Marm
    February 10, 2017 at 11:30 am

    For years, democrat and republican, our vaunted legislature has ignored the critical need for some real educational reform. They have robotically funded billions of dollars into a failed public education system (K-UNC).
    A positive step like eliminating the Federal Dept of Educa tion won’t help much unless our state legislators fulfill their responsibilities in this area.

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