So far, I count three opponents Howard Coble will be going up against in the primary this May: Cathy Brewer Hinson (who appears not to even live in the district — is she still eligible?), Dr. James (Jim) Taylor and now I see Billy Yow is also throwing his hat into the ring.
But WHY? It seems to me that if people are really concerned about causing meaningful change in Washington, then they need to support candidates who are going to help effect some real change. Now, Howard Coble has to fend off three candidates (at least) in the primary and everyone has to spend valuable resources on what would be a safe Republican seat. Coble’s voting record seems pretty conservative to me — what beef to these folks have with him? I wonder if some of these candidates just think the time is right for a newcomer and they are going to jump in and attempt to unseat Coble because the mood is right. But it seems like a serious waste of resources to me.
If Conservatives want to effect real change, then they need to fight hard to get the seats that are not currently head by conservatives — Mel Watt and Brad Miller spring to mind here as being obvious places to start.