Anti-Gay Vernon Robinson Loses Big in North Carolina Republican Primary
55% Virginia Foxx
45% Vernon Robinson
Robinson's Gay-baiting Radio ad.
More of Robinson's gay baiting attacks on Foxx here and here.
Winston Salem Journal has a strongly worded editorial against Robinson.
One possibility is that the Democrats will regain the seat. Robinson is so extreme, and runs such a nasty, demagogic campaign, that he is unlikely to attract wavering Democrats or independents. For the same reasons, if Robinson is their party's nominee, some Republicans might be tempted either to vote Democratic or not vote at all. Surely some moderate GOP voters, those who favor their party's traditional pro-business stance but reject the politics of hate and bigotry, would find it hard to vote for Robinson.
Of course, there's always a possibility that the Democratic candidate might win in November even if Robinson's opponent, state Sen. Virginia Foxx of Boone, is the Republican nominee. Dr. Jim Harrell Jr., a Surry County commissioner and chairman of the American Dental Association's Council on governmental affairs, is an attractive, moderate candidate.
The No. 1 reason that Republicans should vote for Foxx on Tuesday lies in the other scenario for November - the possibility that the Republican nominee will win.
Sending Vernon Robinson to Washington to represent the 5th District would be worse than sending no one at all.
In the only elective office he's ever held, on the Winston-Salem City Council, Robinson has been negative and divisive, apparently more interested in attracting attention than in getting things done. Rarely does he have anything constructive to offer. He's quick to point out problems, and often quick to create problems, but he's short on workable solutions.
A member of the U.S. House is supposed to represent the citizens of his district, to look out for their specific interests and for the good of the country as a whole.
Robinson's record suggests that he would instead be looking after his own interests, bolstering his image as the new darling of the nation's right wing. As a city council member, he has gone to Florida to demonstrate in a highly publicized right-to-die case and installed a Ten Commandments monument in front of City Hall in imitation of Alabama's Judge Roy Moore. Imagine what he would do as a congressman.
Robinson, with no inclination toward cooperation and a studiedly abrasive approach, would likely accomplish nothing in Congress, certainly nothing that would benefit the 5th District.
Worse, though, by making a spectacle of himself, he would draw the wrong kind of attention to the district. That would be precisely the kind of negative, embarrassing publicity on the national stage that an area that is trying to redefine itself does not need. Having Robinson as the 5th District representative would make it extremely difficult if not impossible to attract the new business and industry that the 5th District needs.
Far from helping the district, Vernon Robinson would taint it with the muck that fuels his self-aggrandizing efforts. The 5th District is better than that. Republican voters should make that clear on Tuesday.
Characters like this will turn pro-business Republicans away from Republican candidates. The Bush campaign should take note.