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Rep. Taylor's office caught in obvious lie in attempt to smear John Armor
The North Carolina Conservative ^ | 17 March 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)

Posted on 03/17/2006 1:10:58 PM PST by Congressman Billybob

An Open Letter to the Press in Western Carolina

From: John Armor, Candidate for Congress, 11th District

Date: 16 March 2006

re: certain comments by Deborah Potter on behalf of Congressman Charles Taylor

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Below is an exact and complete copy of an e-mail that Charles Taylor's Press Secretary, Deborah Potter, sent to Don Yelton, a friend of mine. (For those who don't know me, I'm a lawyer and author who lives in Macon County, and I'm running against Taylor in the Republican primary.)

The Potter e-mail refers to me as "Armor and his bunch of left-wing radicals who hate Charles so much they would stoop to any low, no matter how wrong and immoral, to try and get him out of office."

I'm not so much concerned that her statement about me is a lie, but that it is such an obvious and childish lie.

A few clicks of the mouse on the computer at your desk, and you will find that I've written my last eight briefs in the US Supreme Court on behalf of a legal charity that has Judge Robert Bork, former Attorney General Edwin Meese, and Dr. Walter Williams on its Advisory Board. There isn't a "left-wing" radical in that bunch.

A few more clicks of your mouse and you'll find many of my 650 published articles on a variety of issues. The war against Muslim fanatics who want to kill Americans (like the one who ran down a bunch of students at the University of North Carolina a week ago)? I'm for it.

Parental choice for parents in the education of their children, vouchers, charter schools, home schooling? I'm for it.

Display of the Ten Commandments and maintenance of "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance? I'm for it.

Voluntary, private investment accounts under Social Security? I'm for it.

The US insisting on fair, rather than one-sided, trade agreements with other nations? I'm for it.

Lower taxes, and less government regulation of individuals? I'm for it.

Keep clicking your mouse and you'll find a hundred more examples. You won't find a "left-wing radical" idea in the lot.

In short, this lie is like a five-year-old in the kitchen with crumbs and chocolate all over his face, who earnestly insists that he "didn't get into the cookies."

Was Mrs. Potter speaking for her boss, Mr. Taylor? Well, she sent the e-mail from her government account. And, a Press Secretary is always speaking for his/her boss. That's the job description.

For ten years, Jerry terHorst was a friend of mine. In case his name doesn't ring a bell, he was President Ford's Press Secretary. He resigned as a matter of principle, when President Ford pardoned former President Nixon. Jerry couldn't represent what he didn't believe in.

Do I seek an apology from Mr. Taylor? No, I don't. I said in my press conference announcing my candidacy two weeks ago, that I expected there would be "a whispering campaign" against me. Politics 101 says that any incumbent should ignore any challenger and pretend he doesn't exist. But Mr. Taylor's pattern is different, and the whispering campaign is in full swing. Among the other charges offered to local newspaper editors is that "Armor always runs, and doesn't stand for anything."

Again, a few clicks of the mouse and you'll know that the last time I ran for public office was in 1971. And, click on my website and you'll find about 100 pages of my positions on a wide variety of issues -- more than Mr. Taylor offers, and infinitely more than either of the Democrats, Heath Shuler and Michael Morgan, have offered.

Do I suggest that Mrs. Potter resign, like Jerry terHorst did? Nope. As her e-mail says, she's got "2 sweet little girls to support."

What I do suggest is this: The next time you receive any representation about me by Mrs. Potter (or any other Taylor person), give me a call. We'll get the facts straightened out, and then have a good laugh.

And, one more thing. The next time you hear from Mrs. Potter about any subject other than me, maybe you should do a more thorough job than usual in finding out whether "the facts" in that communication are true.

Have a nice day.

Cordially,

John

John Armor, Candidate for Congress, NC 11th District www.ArmorforCongress.com

Post Script: Feel free to use this as you choose, on-air, in an article, or as a letter to the Editor. You may quote any part of it as coming from me, since it's all my words.

From: Potter, Deborah [Deborah.Potter@mail.house.gov] Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 5:28 PM To: 'Don Yelton' Subject: RE: FYI -- From the Charlotte Observer

Don I haven't heard the first thing about Pisgah Legal Services, but nothing Mike SLEasley does would ever surprise me. That entire bunch running our state is as corrupt as they come. Why don't you unleash your buddy Ann Ryder on them, since there is honest-to-goodness corruption down there, unlike in that hatchet piece she thought would cause so much damage to my boss. If she ever had any credibility, it went down the tubes with that piece of trash, as well as the reputation of the North Carolina "Conservative" which is nothing but a blog and probably another front for the Dems.

And surely you know that Wilma is not running again. She has breast cancer.

Anyway I don't want to get in a war of words with you - we've been friends too long - which is why I am personally hurt that you have teamed up with Armor and his bunch of left-wing radicals who hate Charles so much they would stoop to any low, no matter how wrong and immoral, to try and get him out of office. I don't know how well you know this man (who wants to take away the job that supports me and 2 very sweet little girls), but him and Ann Ryder are both nuts. I noticed someone (I'm assuming Peter Dawes) removed all mention of Charles from her second "article". At least Peter has the good sense to know the difference between news and slander.

But Don, I was sincerely very hurt when I found out that you opened your home to those two and screwy hoolie for a "town meeting". Whatever happened to loyalty to your friends? I thought you had much higher moral standards. Especially when you know that man doesn't have a prayer of winning. Anyway, you might as well know how I feel, because I never have been two-faced. I am just shocked. Thanks for listening to me vent and I will pray for you.

Your friend, Deborah


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Free Republic; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: charlestaylor; congress; deborahpotter; donyelton; edwinmeese; jerryterhorst; johnarmor; lftwingradicals; muslimfanactics; nc11thdistrict; presidentford; presidentnixon; robertbork; schoolchoice; undergod; walterwilliams; whisperingcampaign
It's news when a Freeper runs for Congress. It's very good news when such a candidate gets "free ink" in his race, read by upwards of 200,000 conservatives across his state.

It is Politics 101 that an incumbent Congressman like Charles Taylor should not even mention his opponent's name, much less attack him publicly. Taylor (running for his ninth term), and Press Secretary Potter (six years on the job), have just violated that rule "big time" as Dick Cheney would say, and handed me free publicity that I could not possibly pay for.

Be sure to read the Editorial which accompanied this article, "Say It Ain't So." Here's a link to that:

"Editorial"

In his attempt to smear me, Rep. Taylor has put me on the map. I have a real chance now, but still at long odds. I ask my friends on FreeRepublic, if you haven't already, to visit my website and help as you can, in the three separate ways that are outlined in boldface on the front page. Here's the link:

Armor website

As Finley Peter Dunne wrote, long ago, "Politics ain't bean bag." And as this shows, your own Congressman Billybob is playing the game far better than 16-year incmbent, Charles Taylor.

Y'all come visit me, ya hear?

John / Billybob

P.S. And if you're in North Carolina, you might consider a subscription to The North Carolina Conservative.

1 posted on 03/17/2006 1:11:04 PM PST by Congressman Billybob
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To: Congressman Billybob

Taylor is always tough to beat. And with Heath Shuler running who knows what could happen.


2 posted on 03/17/2006 1:13:46 PM PST by mlc9852
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To: Congressman Billybob
Way to stick it to 'em.

I'm not in N.C. but my sister and her family live there, just down the street from the Blackwater facility in Moyock. They're conservatives as well, I don't know if your district is anywhere near there, but I'll be sure to campaign them for some votes your way.

4 posted on 03/17/2006 1:18:32 PM PST by infidel29 ("We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." --Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Congressman Billybob

John, just don your radical armor and slug it out.

Are you sure she didn't mean radical amour?


5 posted on 03/17/2006 1:19:01 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

I don't know how well you know this man (who wants to take away the job that supports me and 2 very sweet little girls),

There is no depth to which some people will not sink in order to further their careers.

Do it for my children!

Bwhahahahah!


6 posted on 03/17/2006 1:21:46 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Brian Sears

PING


7 posted on 03/17/2006 1:21:50 PM PST by Gipper08 (Mike Pence in 2008)
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To: mlc9852

Heath Shuler? The failed Redskins QB?!


8 posted on 03/17/2006 1:23:08 PM PST by rabidralph (We don't need no fancy book learnin,' now, get off the property!)
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To: rabidralph

Yep! And he is soooo cute! Will easily get the female vote.


9 posted on 03/17/2006 1:24:10 PM PST by mlc9852
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To: Congressman Billybob

If you haven't yet, you should get a blown up copy of the e-mail with the claim that you are a left-wing radical highlighted and frame it.


10 posted on 03/17/2006 1:28:23 PM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: Congressman Billybob
At first glance I thought you meant ...

...then I read a little bit closer!

11 posted on 03/17/2006 1:29:01 PM PST by JRios1968 (A DUmmie troll's motto: "Non cogito, ergo zot")
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To: mlc9852

Yeah, he's still got those dimples.


12 posted on 03/17/2006 1:31:02 PM PST by rabidralph (We don't need no fancy book learnin,' now, get off the property!)
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To: rabidralph
Yes, that Heath Shuler. I have a mantra for him if and when we meet in a debate. "Heath Shuler is young, good looking, and he can throw that football. When it comes to national issues that affect Western Carolina, he's young, good looking, and he can throw that football. When it comes to knowledge of how Congress operates, he's young, good looking, and he can throw that football."

If I get to debate him, I will beat him like a rented mule.

Stay tuned.

John / Billybob

13 posted on 03/17/2006 1:32:50 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com RIGHT NOW. I need your help.)
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To: William Creel
Yes, I need staff. No, I can't afford to hire any staff, now. Going with all volunteers. If I beat Taylor in the primary, however, the national Republicans will come in with both feet to keep Shuler from taking the seat away.

John / Billybob
14 posted on 03/17/2006 1:35:01 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com RIGHT NOW. I need your help.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Armor and his bunch of left-wing radicals ...

Always knew you were a commie.

(LMAO)

15 posted on 03/17/2006 1:35:32 PM PST by dighton
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To: mlc9852
An independent poll last week showed Taylor at 47% and Shuler at 40%, head to head. And 52% said they wanted "somebody new" in Congress. Taylor is steadily dropping. Shuler is steadily rising. That's part of my strategy.

Once the Republicans realize that Taylor's career is over, about the middle of next month, that's my opportunity to tell them their only chance to hold the seat for conservative Republican principles, is with me, not Taylor.

John / Billybob
16 posted on 03/17/2006 1:38:34 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com RIGHT NOW. I need your help.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

So you're saying that it's easier for Heath to grasp a football than the issues facing Western Carolina? Give 'em all hell, Billybob.


17 posted on 03/17/2006 1:40:26 PM PST by rabidralph (We don't need no fancy book learnin,' now, get off the property!)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Well, I wish you the best. My daughter worked as a page in Taylor's office last summer here in Asheville. She loves the man. But I do question all the scandals involving his bank. Maybe it is time for some new blood.


18 posted on 03/17/2006 1:42:25 PM PST by mlc9852
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To: Congressman Billybob
you will find that I've written my last eight briefs in the US Supreme Court

May I ask something? What exactly does this mean?
Have you actually stood in the Supreme Court and argued a case or is this like one of those 'friend of the court' statements that are routinely submitted by lawyers across the country?

19 posted on 03/17/2006 1:50:42 PM PST by jla
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To: Congressman Billybob

I wish you could be my rep... (Raleigh).

God bless you!

- Fellow Left Wing Radical


20 posted on 03/17/2006 2:05:30 PM PST by pgyanke (Christ has a tolerance for sinners; liberals have a tolerance for sin.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Billybob bump


22 posted on 03/17/2006 2:11:28 PM PST by dirtboy (I'm fat, I sleep most of the winter and I saw my shadow yesterday. Does that make me a groundhog?)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Armor and his bunch of left-wing radicals

LOL. Does she know anything about you at all?

23 posted on 03/17/2006 2:16:04 PM PST by Bahbah (An admitted Snow Flake)
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To: jla
The answers to your questions are no, and no. As I've said on FreeRepublic and elsewhere on the Net over the years, I've never gotten to argue a case before the Supreme Court. I have won two cases where I was lead counsel. But both were requests for Emergency Relief.

The Court never hears argument from counsel in those cases. They are decided solely on the papers you file with the Court. On the other hand, my briefs have not been like the ones that are "routinely submitted by lawyers across the country."

Mine have Judge Bork's name cited, and that means mine get read by at least some Justices, personally. Plus, when the Court cites you Amicus Brief with favor in the majority Opinion, that's proof positive that your brief was read, and had a good effect.

Lastly, in Bush v. Gore, Round I, in December, 2000, the Court did exactly what my brief recommended, and no other counsel in the case had recommended that.

So, no, by briefs are not like the ones which are routinely submitted. Mine got the job done, in the Anderson case in 1983, and the Bush case in 2000.

John / Billybob

24 posted on 03/17/2006 2:43:17 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com RIGHT NOW. I need your help.)
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To: Individual Rights in NJ
Charles Taylor routinely calls his opponents, whoever they are, "left-wing." He's done that for years, and it has worked in the past. So, he's just true to pattern.

Since I've made thousands, maybe as much as 10,000 posts to FreeRepublic over the years, anyone here can reach their own judgment about my political philosophy. And in answer to your specific question, I am not "pro-choice."

John / Billybob

25 posted on 03/17/2006 2:47:26 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com RIGHT NOW. I need your help.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
I love the condescending tone of her chatty e-mail -- perfect for a functionary that doesn't know the toilet chain has already been pulled on their small bay where they envision themselves as a mighty tug boat.
26 posted on 03/17/2006 2:57:22 PM PST by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free....)
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To: Individual Rights in NJ
On what basis are they calling you left wing?

Because he was invited to meet with, and did meet with, the Asheville (NC) blogerati, who are, shall we say, progressives.

Here's a link to John's column describing the meeting, which is aptly entitled Daniel in the Lion’s Den – A Red Candidate in a Blue Meeting

And, like the story in the book of Daniel, John obviously was not eaten alive by the Asheville bloggers.

In fact, almost all of them actually said nice things about him on their weblogs.

27 posted on 03/17/2006 5:04:40 PM PST by George Smiley (This tagline deliberately targeted journalists.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Not my part of the state, but best wishes, and congrats on making the news :-).


28 posted on 03/18/2006 2:50:14 AM PST by Tax-chick (Welcome to my nightmare. It takes some getting used to!)
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To: Congressman Billybob

She called you immoral and nuts???
She better watch that hatefulness doesn't eat her up like a cancer.

I'll pray for your campaign. Folks up there would be very fortunate to have you represent them.


29 posted on 03/18/2006 4:57:46 PM PST by visualops (www.visualops.com)
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To: mlc9852

May I ask for data about the "bank scandals"? Like your daughter, I think highly Congressman Taylot and would need hard data rather than hard ball politics to justify any reappraisal of Congressmen Taylor.

Thanks for sharing any data you may have.


30 posted on 03/19/2006 8:42:43 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon Liberty, it is essential to examine principle)
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To: Congressman Billybob
If I get to debate him, I will beat him like a rented mule.

Stay tuned.

Lettuce enjoy that outcome!

31 posted on 03/20/2006 4:29:56 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: GladesGuru

http://susang.dailykos.com/tag/Charles%20Taylor

I don't know details but I'm sure you can find much more - I just Googled "Congressman Charles Taylor savings loan" and got quite a few articles.

If I have time later, I'll see what else is out there.


32 posted on 03/20/2006 5:40:16 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: GladesGuru
The press has ample reporting of the first Taylor bank scandal. The President and General Counsel of his bank, Blue Ridge Savings, were convicted of federal bank fraud. Also convicted was a customer of the bank who was a major Taylor contributor.

Two of the men convicted said, under oath, that Taylor was well aware of the details of the fraudulent transactions as they occurred. But Taylor was not even investigated, much less prosecuted. As I say, that's first bank scandal, and it is thoroughly reported, including copies of the affidavits saying that he was involved.

There are many more situations involving corporate and land deals, public money in private hands, and false affidavits. Some have already come out, some are about to come out.

If "hard data" means a final, criminal conviction, as with Rep. Jim Trafficant, and Rep. Duke Cunningham, that won't happen for at least a year or more. But if you mean enough facts for a reasonable voter to question Taylor's integrity, that's already out there.

John / Billybob

33 posted on 03/20/2006 7:09:38 AM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com RIGHT NOW. I need your help.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

BTTT


34 posted on 03/20/2006 7:14:08 AM PST by 185JHP ( "The thing thou purposest shall come to pass: And over all thy ways the light shall shine.")
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To: Congressman Billybob

WNCarolinian voter here. I will be praying about my vote.


35 posted on 03/21/2006 3:11:22 AM PST by momincombatboots (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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To: mlc9852
And with Heath Shuler running who knows what could happen.

You never know what could happen when he's passing either, but in either case it's probably not good.

36 posted on 03/21/2006 11:18:44 AM PST by TBP
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To: TBP

I am so dense! I read your response several times before I understood it. That being said - LOL!


37 posted on 03/21/2006 11:44:45 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: Congressman Billybob

Billybob bump. John, your the greatest. Thank You.


38 posted on 03/21/2006 7:31:24 PM PST by AGreatPer
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To: TBP
Good line.

John / Billybob
39 posted on 03/21/2006 9:49:10 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com RIGHT NOW. I need your help.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Thank you.


40 posted on 03/22/2006 7:14:47 AM PST by TBP
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To: Congressman Billybob

You go there Billybob!

Don't worry. The RINOs here on FR call me a leftist all the time.


41 posted on 03/22/2006 7:29:49 AM PST by 308MBR ("Ah fell in ta a bhurnin' ring o' far")
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To: Congressman Billybob

If you're a radical left-winger, what's Taylor? The ultra-right fringe of the John Birch Society?


42 posted on 03/23/2006 12:02:53 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: GovernmentShrinker
Actually, anyone who takes time to read even a small fraction of the 100+ pages of articles available on my website, knows the same thing that regular participants in FreeRepublic know. I am solid on most of the issues of concern to conservatives. I'm solid in my Supreme Court briefs, I am solid in my ten years of weekly columns. I am solid in my posts on FR.

Taylor has a history of conducting "whispering campaigns" against his opponents, and of making wild charges that they are "left-wing radicals." The absolutely amazing thing is that his Press Secretary made such charges in an e-mail from her government account, to a friend of mine who forwarded her e-mail to me. LOL.

The charge is so obviously false that it allowed me to reply in a humorous/sarcastic tone, in a newspaper that reaches about 200,000 North Carolina Conservatives. LOL.

John / Billybob

43 posted on 03/23/2006 12:24:23 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com RIGHT NOW. I need your help.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Always nice when the enemy supplies you with copious amounts of ammo :-)


44 posted on 03/23/2006 1:01:48 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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