NC Liberals Forging New Party Against 'Turncoat' Dems

LIttle difference between parties, say activists
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 19, 2010 3:18 AM CDT
North Caolina Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler was one of 3 congressmen in the state who voted with Repbulicans against Obamacare.   (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
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(Newser) – It appears that Tea Party-like trouble is brewing for the Democrats. A group of North Carolina liberals and union leaders disgusted by incumbent Democrats' votes with Republicans against Obamacare are forming a new party. Supporters of the nascent third party, North Carolina First, are gathering signatures to officially launch a challenge to the state's 3 Democratic congressman in midterm elections. "No more are we going to blindly support you because you're a Democrat," a labor leader said in a warning to politicians in the Washington Post.

Another labor organizer asked: "Does it matter if you put a Democratic or a Republican label on them when they support big companies and big insurance?" A representative of the local Democratic party called it an "unfortunate turn of events." The upstarts must gather 85,000 signatures by June 1 to qualify for the November ballot. But they may be up to the task. State liberals proved their chops in the presidential election when they boosted Barack Obama to victory in the conservative swing state.

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