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North Carolina congressional race gets ugly

Published: Wednesday May 31, 2006

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Congressman Brad Miller (D-NC) is facing one of the nastiest campaigns in the nation, as supporters of challenger Vernon Robinson race-bait in black neighborhoods and question the Representative's sexual orientation in radio ads set to mariachi music, according to the News & Observer.

"Brad Miller supports gay marriage and sponsored a bill to let American homosexuals bring their foreign homosexual lovers to this country on a marriage visa," an announcer says in a Robinson-endorsed ad.

"If Miller had his way America would be nothing but one big fiesta for illegal aliens and homosexuals," the ad continues. "But if you elect Vernon Robinson, that party's over."

The ad can be heard at Robinson's Website at this link.

Excerpts from the lengthy News & Observer piece follow:


"My wife was interviewed on three television stations last week about why we had not had children and what was my sexual orientation," Miller recently told delegates to the 13th District Democratic convention at Alamance Community College.


Robinson has already run a radio ad that features mariachi band music playing in the background. "If Miller had his way," says the announcer, "America would be nothing but one big fiesta for illegal aliens and homosexuals."


Besides trying to attract white conservatives, Robinson hopes to siphon off 15 percent of the black vote. His campaign has sent separate mailings and left recorded telephone messages in the homes of black voters. The telephone message criticizes Miller for, among other things, living in an all-white neighborhood in the Five Points section of Raleigh.


Robinson's biting campaign style has long been controversial. In the Republican primary in 2004 in the 5th District, he ran a TV ad showing the face of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton morphing into that of [rival Virginia] Foxx, accusing Foxx of supporting "racial quotas, gay rights and the abortion bills." Since winning the House seat, Foxx has had the most conservative voting record in the North Carolina delegation, according to the nonpartisan National Journal.


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