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Rep. Sue Myrick wins applause at town hall meeting, rival Jeff Doctor shakes hands and serves hot dogs

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from the Gaston Gazette
by Corey Friedman

While U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick filled one of downtown Gastonia’s stately brick buildings, Jeff Doctor wondered why so many others sit empty.

The Republican congresswoman and her Democratic opponent both touted job creation as the key to economic recovery at Saturday afternoon events. Myrick held a town hall meeting in her Gastonia district office on West Main Avenue, and Doctor campaigned downtown, shaking hands and speaking to storekeepers.

“When I see those empty buildings, it makes me say,  ‘We can bring so many businesses in there,’” Doctor said. “We walked around downtown Gastonia today and met a lot of small-business owners.”

Doctor said North Carolina’s ninth congressional district, comprised of parts of Gaston, Mecklenburg and Union counties, has lost 62,000 jobs since 2008.

“I’ve seen a lot of lip service, but we’ve got to go back to being a nation of producers instead of a nation of just consumers,” he said. “I just don’t see it being done here.”

Myrick also stressed the need for job growth. She blamed the United States’ corporate income tax — which sits slightly under 40 percent and is higher than business taxes in France, China and other industrialized countries — for driving companies overseas.

Adding new bureaucratic jobs in Washington isn’t the answer, she said. Lowering taxes and rolling out the welcome mat for small business and manufacturing companies is.

“Government jobs don’t grow the economy,” said Myrick. “The only thing that grows the economy is private-sector jobs.”
Doctor spent his Saturday on the stump in Gastonia, donating school supplies at Lingerfeldt Elementary, speaking at a Democratic Women workshop, canvassing in the York Chester neighborhood and giving away hot dogs and drinks at Lineberger Park.

The Democratic House hopeful said Myrick votes with congressional Republicans 97 percent of the time. He said Gaston County residents need a representative who can reach across the aisle to work with politicians from the opposing party.

“We’ve got to cross party lines,” he said. “We’ve got to get past this Republican-Democrat thing and talk to each other.”

Myrick didn’t directly campaign for re-election, but appeared to have strong support among residents who attended her town hall meeting. Her call for Congress to freeze government spending and pop the ballooning federal budget drew thunderous applause.

“The next Congress has a definite responsibility,” Myrick said. “They need to have the guts…to put the brakes on government spending. We have to make those tough choices so our America will be there for our kids and our grandkids.”

When Myrick spoke about Mexican drug cartels — among discussion of international terrorism, border surveillance and other national security issues — Gastonia resident Scotty Reid said 60 to 70 percent of the cartels’ revenue comes from marijuana.

Reid, who hosts an Internet radio show and describes himself as a citizen journalist, floated the idea of decriminalizing cannabis as a way to starve the cartels. The millionsspent on the nationwide war ondrugs could be channeled into education and drug rehabilitation programs, he suggested.

“I don’t know that that’s the answer,” Myrick said, “but I’m willing to talk with you about any suggestion you may have on this issue. It’s killing our country.”

Reach Corey Friedman at 704-669-3331.

Learn more about the campaign at www.JeffDoctorforCongress.com

Jeff Doctor’s Native American Issues

Jeff Doctor’s Native American Issues

– Native Representation
I will work to establish a place at the table for Native Americans.  I will work with Indian Country to expand the rolls they play in the state and national party organizations, and I fully support Native participation in the electoral process, not just as voters but as candidates.  Native American values are those of the Democratic Party: taking care of those who need a helping hand and giving a voice to those who have not had representation.

-Tribal Sovereignty
I fully support complete Tribal Sovereignty and will further this issue on behalf of the Native American people on a federal level.  By doing so we can keep our inherent character as Indian people.  In the process, we will preserve a legacy for our future generations.

– Economic Development
I will support Indian nations to gain self-sufficiency and self-governance through sound economic development and business practices, and to help tribes maximize their potential to their fullest extent.  High unemployment in Indian Country must be dealt with.  To find solutions that help Indians attain sustainable economies, I support the development of existing resources like gaming, renewable energy and increasing tribal business knowledge to increase job opportunities and further economic development.

– Gaming
Native gaming business is an important part of the future of Tribal Sovereignty and the sustainability of our economy.  Many tribal governments have seen substantial improvements in their ability to provide public services to their members, such as building schools, improving infrastructure, and rebuilding the loss of native traditions.  I will bring my voice to the national level to achieve long-term goals of promoting Indian gaming.

A Personal Statement from Jeff Doctor…

It takes a lot of work and effort to get to Washington, D.C. The minority constituency in my District is very small.  I need additional help from around the country to be successful in District 9.  You and our tribal leaders have contributed endless funds to incumbent Members of Congress and the U.S. Senate.  We have elected great friends in Washington, D.C., but currently none of them are Indian.  I am Indian.  And I want the seat at the table to represent the people of North Carolina, but also to represent you.  My wife Allyson and I have made the financial and personal commitment to fight long and hard to win this seat.  We need your personal and tribal support to win this historic campaign for you, for your tribe, and for all the Indian leaders that will follow.  I am Jeff Doctor.  Thank you for your support.

For more information on Jeff Doctor’s campaign, please visit:
www.JeffDoctorforCongress.com

Jeff Doctor Campaign Kickoff Dinner

On Thursday March 25, 2010, The Jeff Doctor for Congress Committee along with Guest Host Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers threw the official Campaign Kickoff Dinner at the stunning Aloft Hotel in Uptown Charlotte.  The night was a complete success, attended by enthusiastic 9th district voters and supporters of Jeff Doctor’s campaign.

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Steve Smith took the podium first to speak about how he and Jeff first met and how their friendship has remained strong over the years.  He then introduced Jeff Doctor, who took the stand to give an emotional, heartfelt account of how his father’s hard work and perseverance made Jeff the man he is today.  He spoke about the kind of change that is desperately needed in the 9th district and how he can draw on his strengths to bring about that change.  The official announcement of his candidacy for North Carolina’s 9th district was met with cheers and applause.

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Guests enjoyed BBQ and had the opportunity to voice their ideas and concerns to Jeff Doctor face-to-face.  Thank you to Steve Smith for graciously donating autographed footballs for the event!