NC-Sen: Senator "Bank Run" Burr Running Behind
by Todd Beeton, Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 01:12:02 AM EDT
Republican first term North Carolina Senator Richard Burr was Keith's Worst Person in the World tonight for stating this week at an event with constituents that back in the fall he had actually told his wife to withdraw everything she could from their bank.
Via Matt Yglesias:
During a speech on the economy last night, [Sen. Richard] Burr related his immediate reaction the week the crisis began.
"On Friday night, I called my wife and I said, `Brooke, I am not coming home this weekend. I will call you on Monday. Tonight, I want you to go to the ATM machine, and I want you to draw out everything it will let you take," Burr said, according to the Hendersonville Times-News. "And I want you to tomorrow, and I want you to go Sunday.' I was convinced on Friday night that if you put a plastic card in an ATM machine the last thing you were going to get was cash."
As Rachel pointed out tonight, not only is this highly irresponsible behavior, especially for a sitting US Senator, but, umm...
...you don't tell your constituents, you instead just use that information that you got because of your position as a Senator to protect your own family!?
Yeah, well, it's no wonder then that crazy Senator "bank run" Burr is facing a fight for his life in his 2010 re-election. Public Policy Polling has a new poll out and finds Burr in worse shape than Dole was at this point in the '08 cycle.
When we polled a potential Roy Cooper-Richard Burr Senate contest in December we found the Democratic Attorney General leading the Republican incumbent 39-34. Fast forward four months and we find the same basic result, with Cooper now holding a 41-37 edge. There's no doubt who the Democrats' strongest potential contender for this seat is and there's no doubt that if Cooper entered the race it would become a tossup at the least, if not even a slight Democratic advantage. [...]
Burr's approval rating continues its usual position in the mid-30s, with 35% of voters in the state expressing approval for his job performance this month and 31% dissenting. By comparison Elizabeth Dole was at a much better, although still mediocre, 43% at this point in the cycle two years ago.
No Democrat has entered the race yet but if Cooper does jump in, watch for this to become a top tier pick-up opportunity for the Democrats.