Candidates PRIMARY 2012

(This page is information from the 2012 Primary that crowded out the RUN-OFF Election information.  I moved it here to keep it, but get it out of the way of the current candidate information.)

For full list of all candidates in a races in Caldwell County, see link.

Primary VOTER GUIDE v7  2012

North Carolina State Board of Elections Voter Guide (full of voting info)

Other organizations comments and analysis of these candidates:



Informational sites kept from 2010, but I will update all these sites for 2012 races. Keep checking back.

GRNC voter guide

Campaign for Liberty voter guide

On The Issues surveys and collects data from politicians around the country.  Here are North Carolina’s GREAT SITE!!!

JUDGES info [good stuff]

.ALL November candidates list

UNCTV candidate listing website

Here are North Carolina politicians on the issues GREAT SITE!!!

Candidates knocked out in the Primary, May 8, 2012:


Burke County GOP Straw poll, 3/27/12, 128 votes cast. News link, link

  • Meadows – 54 votes
  • Patterson –  34 votes
  • Wingfield – 13
  • West
  • ( not sure of the order will post full results — Hunt, Petrella, Campbell, Harris)

Caldwell County GOP Straw Poll on March 10th, 160 people attend and 134 voted in the straw poll and with that here are the results :

Mark Meadows – 95
Vance Patterson – 12
Jeff Hunt – 10
Kenny West – 8
Ethan Wingfield – 5
Susan Harris – 3
Chris Petrella – 1
Spence Campbell – 0

Kenny West (R)

Q1.  Should the United States Constitution be amended to include the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman?   NO

Chris Petrella (R)

Q1.  Should the United States Constitution be amended to include the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman?  NO

Spence Campbell (R)

  • official website –
  • facebook –
  • announcement –
  • article –
  • “I don’t like the TEA Party, but I going to pretend like I do,” he commented to a trusted source.
  • Spence was the guest speaker at the Caldwell County GOP meeting on 3/13/12 and with an angry tone he lectured a packed room about partisan politics.   I wondered why he showed up at all.
  • In an email on 4/18/12, Spence is angry again, “There is a difference between commitment to the people of Western North Carolina and to the Republican Party platform…. Some of your candidates think it is constructive to hold fast to the outdated ideals of the Republican Party, even when those ideals have led us to losses in recent memory. Some of your candidates think that gridlock created by the “fighting for the sake of fighting” Tea Party is the proper way to get things done in Washington. I believe neither of those things.”  LINK.  —- We, as Caldwell TEA Party, like the Republican Platform.  The Republican Party leadership is often wrong when they don’t stick to the platform.  It’s not clear who or what Spence is mad at, but he’s still angry.

Ethan Wingfield (R)

Susan Harris (R)

Cecil Bothwell (D)

  • official website –
  • Campaign motto: “Be Bold. Vote for a REAL Democrat.”  Referring to Shuler be too conservative.
  • Entered the race for women’s reproductive rights and choice.  “I entered the primary race in March of 2011, when the incumbent Blue Dog Democrat Heath Shuler voted to defund Planned Parenthood.”
  • Bothwell “applied for endorsement by the Progressive Democrats of America”
  • From his website within PDA questionnaire – “As a member of Asheville City Council I have advanced domestic partner benefits for city employees, created a partnership registry to establish legal relationships, and backed anti-bullying legislation….. LGBT humans should be identified as a protected class under civil rights law.”

Dale Folwell (R)

AJ Daoud (R)

Mike Beitler (R)  ran for US Senate as a Libertarian 2010

Jordon Greene (R)

David Scholl (R)

George Robinson (R)

Arnold Wilson (R)

Ben Griffin (R)

Tommy Courtner (R)

Phil Ingle (R)

  • official website – none
  • facebook
  • Running with Randy Church (R) currently, and 3 time past Democrat.
  • Supports building an industrial park with both public and private funding while the Expo on Hwy-321 across from the Broyhill offices sits empty, and the industrial park across from the Sheriff’s Office on Hwy is not full either.  A new industrial park would leave tax payers on the hook.

VOTER GUIDE v5  Revised, re-posted v6 at the top of the page.


US Presidential candidates out of the race:

Former Speaker of  the House Newt Gingrich (R) – He did that Green Energy commercial with Nancy Pelosi touting unwanted government intrusion into the free-markets.  Says Shariia Law is incompatible with US Law link.  5/18/11 FoxNews and Rush call Gingrich OUT!  One analyst says his public consideration for office was the shortest lived he had ever seen.   Newt said that Paul Ryan budget is nothing more than “social engineering”.  5/23 – Oooo, Newt continues to take a media-beating over his Ryan comment.  5/29 Dick Morris’ opinion   11/26/11 Has begun to surge in the polls recently, but made a statement about illegal immigration & amnesty that has caused an avalanche of negative discussion about his campaign. Newt has a long history of amnesty views.  WND article about Newt and free-trade link.  Michele Bachmann calls Newt the most liberal candidate in the presidential race.  12/6/11 Michele Bachmann calls Newt a “frugal socialist” on GB radio show link.  12/6/11 Interview with Newt about his love for FDR and his positions big government Part 1, Part 2. 12/12/11 Glenn Beck’s views on Newt video link.

Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA)  Says Shari’a Law is incompatible with US Law link.  5/18/11 He made some press today, FoxNews says he still recovering from a gaff about “McCain doesn’t know anything about the effectiveness of waterboarding.”  Uh-em, McCain was a North Vietnamese (communist) prison camp for 5 years.  McCain knows something about effective torture.  For the record, I like Santorum, and don’t like McCain.  But I don’t think anyone, not even Santorum, has room to comment on McCain’s expertise on torture.  Through December, Santorum slowly gained a lot of traction in Iowa 1/3/12 – Rick Santorum, according to SE Cupp, is the real deal conservative, but has very little money.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)  Supported by many TEA Party groups and not by the establishment GOP link.  Reported Wednesday, 5/18/11, Bachmann had raised the most money of any Congressional candidate in history.  She has raised $12 million.  Her website. 5/20 – Bachmann is scheduled to make her official announcement on Monday. 5/20 – Bachmann is drawing significant fire for supporting the renewal of the Patriot Act.  For the record, I was in favor of the Patriot Act under Bush, but it terrifies me under Obama.  From my understanding of the Act, it allows for warrantless listening to calls from known terrorist countries into the US and calls from the US to known terrorist countries.  It doesn’t listen to all calls inside the US.  5/27 She has raised 23 children (biological, adopted and foster).  Today someone said, “All the wrong people don’t like her. I like that.” 5/29 Dick Morris’ opinion 6/13 Bachmann is officially in the race for President, link.  She did very well in the NH / CNN GOP debate. Her answers were direct and understandable.
6/17 Republican Leadership Conference speech. Part 1  Part 2
Part 3 8/14 Bachmann wins the Iowa Straw Poll!!!  11/23 Michele Bachmann calls Newt the most liberal candidate in the presidential race.  12/6/11 Michele Bachmann calls Newt a “frugal socialist” on GB radio show link1/4/12 OUT!

Herman Cain (R) CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.  Perfect candidate with a firm grasp of the issues link.  My only concern is that he was sat on the Federal Reserve Board and sees no big deal about their existence, link.  Many see the Federal Reserve as the worst problem in American today.  Sees no place for Shari’a Law in American government link.  Cain supported TARP link (maybe in hindsight we all know TARP was bad).  5/21 – Officially announced his candidacy in Atlanta today.  5/29 Dick Morris’ opinion  6/13 CNN Debate, Cain believes in free markets.  6/17 Republican Leadership Conference speech Part 1 Part 2  From his speech, Cain wants the following: 1) corporate tax rate to be 25% or less, 2) capital gains rate of zero, 3) suspend all taxes on money brought back to the United States from overseas, 4) suspend all payroll taxes for a year, and 5) MAKE THEM ALL, except 4, PERMANENT because uncertainty it killing us!  12/3/11 He’s out, under suspicion of scandal.  His campaign is officially suspended.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) – Aug. 2010 Perry tries to talk to Obama about illegal immigration coming over the Texas / Mexico border video. Obama wouldn’t even talk to Perry about the problem. 5/20/11 article taking a supportive stand with Israel.  5/23 – Perry is not in the race officially.  He is officially saying, like Christie, that he is not running. 5/27 Perry is thinking about entering he race, but he said he thinks about a lot of things.   6/17 Perry attended and won the straw poll at 2011 RLC, but I can’t find video yet.  Here is Perry’s speech from CPAC 2011 link.  6/20 Perry is not officially in the race. (I thought he announced on 6/14.) 8/12 Rick Perry doesn’t participate in Iowa.  8/13 Perry announces “He’s in!” 8/26 Link on Perry’s TX job numbers.  11/xx Perry could not name 3 federal agencies that should be eliminated, “Oops!”. 1/3/12 OUT!  1/4/12  He’s back in and on his way to South Carolina!

Former Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK): 2008 VP speech link. 6/6 Why not Sarah? “A Time for Chosing” link. Sarah’s facebook page. 8/26 She’s still not officially in the race yet.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) – 5/19/11 article from the article “As governor of Indiana, he has slashed spending, balanced budgets and cut the rate of growth of the budget by more than half. He capped property taxes, enacted a school voucher program, defunded Planned Parenthood, lowered corporate tax rates and removed the requirement that forces state employees to pay union dues. He also limited collective bargaining for teachers, saving more precious tax dollars, instituted merit pay for teachers and cracked down on employers hiring illegal aliens.”  5/22 – Daniels is out! Saying something like ‘my country is important, but family is more important.’  5/23 -Indiana resident said he is great on the fiscal aspect, but his social positions stink.

Former Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) – Supported Shari’a law in his state, before he rejected Shari’a law. His back-peddling from Shari’a link.  He supported Cap-and-Trade. (That’s two big strikes against him!)  5/23 – FoxNews reported this /morning that he just announcement his candidacy.  I can’t find an article or video.  What’s up?  5/29 Dick Morris’ opinion  6/12 Pawlenty calls Obama and Romney out for using RomneyCare as the blueprint for ObamaCare, then coins the term ObamneyCare. 6/13 During the CNN Debate, some feel like Pawlenty missed his opportunity to stick it to Romney about Massachusetts’ failed healthcare mandates called Romneycare.  6/14 Exciting Things About Tim Pawlenty link. 8/15 He’s out!

Donald Trump (R?) – Supports Obamacare and the public option for healthcare.  Wants to see Obama’s birth certificate.  Of all of his political campaign donations, 63% have gone to Democrats.  So as much as I like what Trump says, I can’t trust a guy who would give any money to national-level Democrat campaigns.  Sorry.  5/9/11 FoxNews reports, “Trump is OUT!”

Former UT Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) – Ambassador to China under Obama (appointment by a Progressive Democrat, doesn’t assure me that he is a REAL conservative).  5/20 – My understanding is that the people of Utah are squarely against him running for president, because he is a big spender and in favor of amnesty. 6/18 Huntsman OUT of the race.  6/21 Officially announces he’s in the race.  Santorum releases a video spoofing Huntsman and Romney video link.  Huntsman still refusing to sign the anti-abortion pledge from the Susan B. Anthony List.  8/11 – Iowa Debate video clip.  1/15/12 – OUT!

Former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee (R) 5/21 OUT of the race.

Former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson (R), now running as a Libertarian (Lib) – 5/18 After the SC GOP debate, Johnson’s positions are not in alignment with Conservative values.   5/19 – His Utah 501(c)(4), Our American Initiative, was suspended for minor reporting violations  Johnson is very active in Utah for some reason.  1/13/12 – running as a Libertarian (Lib) for president now.

======presidential DEBATE VIDEOS

Mesa, AZ, GOP Debate, 2/22/12 – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9.  Entire 1:44 minute video link.

Huckabee FoxNews South Carolina Forum, 1/14/12 – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

NBC Meet the Press NH Debate, Saint Anselm College, 1/7/12 – Part 1, Part…. Part 6

Iowa, 1/2/12??,

FoxNews and Iowa GOP Debate, 12/15/11 – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7

ABC News Yahoo Republican Iowa Debate, 12-10-11, Full video

Huckabee Presidential Forum on December 3, 2011 – Part 1Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 and/or Part 7.  Each candidate was interviewed separately.

Republican National Security CNN Debate, on 11/22/11.  Full debate link.]

GOP Presidential Debate Spartanburg, SC, Wofford College on November 12, 2011 — Playlist for all 6 videos.

Republican Presidential Debate in Rochester, Michigan,  November 9, 2011 — Parts (1/11), (2/11), (3/11), (4/11), (5/11), (6/11), (7/11), (8/11), (9/11), (10/11), (11/11)

CBS Republican Debate on October 18, 2011 – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6,   –or— All one video link.

MSNBC GOP Debate at Reagan Library, 9/7/11: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

Iowa GOP Debate in Aimes, 8/11/11: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

FoxNews GOP Debate in South Carolina, 5/5/11:  Part 1, Part 2

CNN/New Hampshire GOP Debate, 6/13/11:  Part 1 (the first question isn’t asked until 7-minutes), Part 2, Part 3


Southern New Hampshire 912 — Presidential Voter Guide link


Presidential news and candidate positions (good and bad):

Dick Morris on the remaining GOP Presidential field as of 5/28/11

Former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney (R-MA)  He signed law creating a state mandated medical insurance (everybody had to buy it and every employer had to provide it).  In 2008 or 2009, MA has purged 150,000 people from the public option insurance because the state could no longer provide care for the swelling rolls.  Romney also signed the first law allowing legal, statewide, gay marriage. 5/27  Someone said, “All the wrong people like him.” 5/29 Dick Morris’ opinion  5/30 Romney and lobbyists link.  6/2 Announces his candidacy today! (Video. “Keep abortion safe and legal.”  “I been consistently pro-life.” “I like mandates.” “You sit down with your attorneys [about war]…. We’re gonna let the lawyers sort out what we need to do.”  “[I have created the] largest state police service in the history of our state.”) 6/13 In the CNN debate, candidates got questions about Romney’s Massachusetts failed healthcare mandates called Romneycare.  Tim Pawlenty coins the term ObamneyCare and ties Romney and Obama together on 6/12 and in 6/13 debate.  6/18 Romney’s position on gay rights link.  Romney’s record on economics, gun rights, social issues, and GOP leadership link.  Why Romney is what’s wrong with the GOP link. 6/21 Santorum releases a video spoofing Huntsman and Romney video link.  Romney still refusing to sign the anti-abortion pledge from the Susan B. Anthony List. 8/13 Romney does well at the Iowa Debate, but skips the Straw Poll.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) Wants to end the Federal Reserving banking systems. Has called for the audit of the FedRes for years.  His lack of strength on foreign policy makes me nervous.  5/29 Dick Morris’s opinion 1/3/12 -Allegations of racism from his numerous newsletters in the 1980′s and 1990′s.  Paul and Barney Frank teamed up to appoint member of a special committee where 11 of the 14 committee members from Sustainable Defense Task Force (to trim the military) are from George Soros’s foundations.  See GBTV episode from 1/3/12 where Glenn Beck fully outlines the relationships.

President Barack Hussein O’Bama (D) – Signed Stimulus I and II.  Stimulus I was rushed through Congress with the promise the if we can pass this bill in 48-hours, unemployment will not raise above 8%.  Auto Industry bailout and control of those companies (GM and  Chrysler).  Bank bailouts which essentially nationalize banking.  Signed Obamacare, even though 2/3 of the country did not want it. Within Obamacare, college admission for medical, nursing, dental, and veterinary schools are now controlled by the federal government.  College grants, scholarships and loans are now controlled by the federal government.  Within Obamacare, your financial records will be available in realtime to the federal government, if you use Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, or any public option plan.  Pelosi said, “We have to pass it to know what is in it,” and Obama didn’t rebuke her.  So that twisted thinking seems to be the Administration’s mindset. O’Bama has nominated the most Left-wing, Progressive to the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor.  Has about 45 Czars in his administration – none of which are accountable to anyone except O’Bama!  The Republican Congress has been trying to gain oversight, but there has been no luck yet on Czar control.  He has made disrespectful statements about our closest foreign allies, England and Israel.  Has declared the US is no longer an Christian nation.  Acknowledges the dictator in Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, as well as, the Palestinian President Abbas and their Al Quaeda controlled Hamas government.  O’Bama wants Israel to return to the indefensible borders of 1967.  He has reached out to the Muslim world at breakneck speed and has appeased them in the Middle East.  While at the same time, O’Bama orders the killing of Osama and the immediate disposal of his body????  Has spent almost as much money in his first 2 years, than the entire rest of the country’s history.  We have a $14.3 trillion national debt, and he wants to raise it higher.   Has imposed a national moratorium on new oil drilling both on and off shore, shale extraction, and natural gas extraction.  Gasoline prices have doubled under his presidency, and are expected to continue up to Europe’s prices ($6-8 per gallon).  My electric bill has doubled.  Food prices are significantly higher.  Medical insurance premiums, in many states, have increased 30%.  Unemployment has remained near 10% for his whole presidency. —– You decide if you want another term.  Obama promised to close Gitmo immediately and bring the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan, but he still hasn’t. 6/7 or 8 Obama still trying to convince the public we are in an economic recovery, and further clarified his lam point by actually saying the downturn in the housing market, jobs markets, stock market is just “a little headwind” in the recovery.  Does he really think anyone believes anything he says anymore?  6/13 Obama laughed and said, “Well, the shovel ready jobs weren’t so shovel ready.” Video  Video Does he think it’s funny to spend $1 trillion of our children’s money to get nothing? 8/17-27 Obama vacations in Martha’s Vineyard.  Travel around town with a 40-car motorcade for ice cream and two books. 8/23 After spending $1 billion in Libya, Obama Admin is complicity supporting a new Constitution for Libya based on Sharia Law. (That is crime against humanity.) Obama job approval lowest ever 38%, link. 8/23 Obama signs Executive Order 13583 usurping Congressional power for social justice and diversity (i.e., quotas) in federal hiring link.  Executive Order 13522 linkCreating Labor-Management Forums to Improve Delivery of Government Services” establishes labor union poster announcement for privates business to display to their workers alerting workers they can unionize, if the want to.    12/12/11 Played 88 rounds of golf in 2011, and there’s still 19 days left in the year and 17 days vacation in Hawaii. January 2012 – I don’t need the constitution to do the work of the people.  2/17/12 – Insurance companies must provide for free contraceptives, abortions, and sterilizations of workers in religious institutions like hospitals, universities, schools in spite of their philosophical objections.


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