Digging in Federal paperwork this week I came across an unfamiliar name that led to this curious statement on a Facebook page:
Have you noticed that Senator Burr has suddenly become a little more visible? The Party is concerned that he’s the most vulnerable Republican Senator preparing for 2010 elections. The John Locke Foundation states that he’s not unpopular just unknown and needs to define himself before the electorate. Where has he been since he first arrived in Washington in 1994? Fifteen years later and you’re still unknown, Senator? Where have you been hiding? You haven’t been in North Carolina listening to the people who elected you!
What to make of this? ...
I had come across a recent IRS filing for "Burks for Senate Committee". I assumed it was a state race until I came to the bottom of the form which read "The purpose of Burks For Senate Committee is to elect Eddie Burks to the US Senate for NC." My real surprise was to discover he's a Republican.
Eddie Burks is a conservative Republican member of the Asheboro City Council. A major claim to fame and, clue to his position on issues, is strident but unsuccessful opposition to alcohol sales in Asheboro, which had been dry for years, at least until a 2008 referendum. Supporting the referendum was then City Councilman Keith Crisco, now NC Secretary of Commerce, who was part of the 4/3 majority in May 2008 that put the referendum on the ballot. In July 2008 voters decided that the city should have ABC stores, beer and wine sales, and liquor-by-the-drink in bars and restaurants. Later in August the same 4/3 majority voted in new ABC board members. Burks, who was part of the candidate selection process, voted against the new members including one he had recommended.
Some of Burks' opposition to the referendum is rooted in his religious views and some in his views on immigration. In 2008 the Randolph Guide quizzed Asheboro City Council members on their positions with respect to the alcohol referendum. Among Burks responses were the following:
I will be able to stand on my front porch and see a cantina, corner bars will pop up, some of the chain restaurants will sell alcohol, but most of the local restaurants won’t.
It appears the proponents are much more organized and well-financed. The population has changed. There’s a tremendous Hispanic population that was much smaller in 1994. I don’t know how many are eligible to vote but they could have an impact on the election.
Bring our troops home to secure our own borders. That’s real homeland security. Take the money we would give to those who hate us and rebuild our own crumbling infratructure (sic). Make English the Official Language of the United States. The motto “United We Stand” is without meaning now. Somewhere along the way we stored away the great melting pot of America into a dark cupboard of political correctness. Give legal immigrants the chance to succeed and throw out the illegals. If we cut off the taxpayer dollars that flow all too freely to those here illegally, only those here legally will stay. What part of “illegal” is so hard for Washington to understand? If one is here illegally, does not that individual have greater capacity to be an invading terrorist bent on our destruction? Terror is just as bad whether it is bombing or robbing the treasury of our tax dollars.
He's no Vernon Robinson but he's adding a little interest to the dismal Republican side of things. And, if he has a fundraising party, expect it to be a Tea Party, with no alcohol.