‘The Black Jesse Helms’:

According to the Washington Times, one of the eight North Carolina Republicans running to replace Rep. Richard Burr — who is running the for Democratic Sen. John Edward’s seat — has adopted “Jesse Helms is back! This time, he’s black!” as his campaign slogan. When a North Carolina newspaper wrote the line as a chastisement of Vernon Robinson, they apparently didn’t realize what a boon it could be for his campaign.

The Times reported: “The Helms name is powerful among North Carolina Republicans, and even if the retired conservative senator is actually supporting one of Mr. Robinson’s rivals, being dubbed ‘the black Jesse Helms’ is a big boost for a candidate in a district where 88 percent of residents are white and most vote Republican.”


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