Most political observers view this race as having been decided back in May, when the primary election voters choose incumbent Republican Walter P. Jones, Jr. over Taylor Griffin, his Republican challenger. Now, Jones’ is favored to win handily over his current opposition, a fellow named Marshall Adame, a Democrat, retired US Marine officer, and Vietnam veteran of Mexican-American heritage. Now mounting his second campaign for the District 3 seat, Adame (pronounced ah-DOM-me) and his wife Becky have been residents of Jacksonville for over forty years. He has extensive experience in the Middle East, having served, after his retirement from the Marines, as an advisor to the US Department of State and to American defense contractors on training and management assignments in Iraq and Egypt.
As to his policy views, according to an article that was published in The Onslow Times just before the primary election this spring, Adame opposes fracking, school vouchers, and the new Voter ID law, but favors teacher tenure and “living wage” legislation. And in September, Adame announced his endorsement by the eastern NC chapter of the AFL-CIO.
Additional information on candidate Adame’s political positions can be found on his VoteSmart page, HERE. Some samples include his support for the Union Movement, ObamaCare, passage of Equal Rights legislation for women, Living Wage legislation mandating an increase in the minimum wage to at least $12/hour, and expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). On the flip side, he decries the Supreme Court decision in the Citzens United case.
In an interview on Public Access TV in late September (28-minute auto-start video HERE), Mr. Adame also revealed his support for the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion in North Carolina, and advocated for a renewal of President Johnson’s “War On Poverty”.
Next, to a question posed in the 2014 Wilmington StarNews14 Voter Guide (HERE), candidate Adame said that “Comprehensive immigration legislation from Congress is essential to our economic and social expansion. I will work hard in the Congress to achieve a comprehensive immigration bill.”
In September of last year, while traveling in the Middle East, Mr. Adame wrote an essay offering his views on what was then President Obama’s stated intention to punish, if not depose, Syrian President Assad for failing to heed the “red line” that the President had warned him not to cross. The following is how candidate Adame advised President Obama, in summary:
Mr. President, I am asking that you sit down with Russia, enter consultations with the new Iranian leadership, talk to Iraq, Assad’s neighbor and bring the force of international condemnation and sanctions, perhaps even a type of blockade, against Syria. Or even charging Assad with Crimes against humanity at the International Court in The Hague. If you are able to do that and Assad persist in thumbing his nose at the world while his people suffer, then increase substantially the aid the U.S. already provides to the rebels trying to over throw him, but be prepared upon their victory, to be utterly rejected by them and even threatened with war if you continue to mettle in their affairs and plans which will include the destruction of Israel as is the mantra of all Islamic states.
The essay cited above is just one of SEVERAL that Mr. Adame wrote for publication at the liberal blog Daily Kos beginning in late 2007. Herewith are some interesting excerpts from his other essays:
On the candidacy of John Edwards (December, 2007:
Strength of character is not common today in Washington. Over the past seven years our halls of greatness in Washington D.C. have turned into passages known well by the elite and privileged. A place where corporate influence and the pursuit of personal gain and advantage has managed to drown the will of the people, where even those elected representatives of conscience and morals are quickly derailed or compromised, leaving them to no effect.
I believe John Edwards has the strength of character and the moral temperance to overcome the forces in Washington that are so easily succumbed to and to overcome them for the sake of the greater good and security of the American people.
I believe John Edwards is qualified, ready, sincere and determined in his quest to do what is right for America and I have decided to support John Edwards for President.
On President Bush’s dilimma in Iraq (December, 2007):
Iraq does not need, nor should it get, any U.S. Combat force assistance. All U.S. combat Forces should be withdrawn from Iraq, and that withdrawal should commence tomorrow morning. I am confident that all U.S. Combat Forces and equipment could be out of Iraq within one year if we started today.
… We brought a living hell upon these people of Iraq. Although very bad under the Saddam government, life in Iraq has never been as fearful and dangerous as it is today. The blood of Iraqis who supported the coalition, specifically, who supported the Americans, and who cannot leave Iraq, will most certainly flow. They trusted us and would most certainly be killed in revenge for having done so.
On President Bush’s record in office (March, 2008):
We invaded a country, Iraq, that did not pose a direct threat to the United States or it’s interests in the world, created an entire generation of terrorist in doing so and caused immeasurable anti American sentiment throughout the world, including among our own allies.
Hurricane Katrina devastated the homes of over a hundred thousand people in New Orleans Louisiana and more in Mississippi in one day. Our government knew it was coming, knew it would be devastating and knew it would require considerable assets for rescue and recovery. President Bush all but ignored Katrina’s victims. Most of Katrina’s were poor and African American. Those without political power, money or voice were left to suffer by our President.
On his endorsement of Barack Obama for President (April, 2008):
Senator Obama, to me, represents a kind of renaissance in politics where trust, truth and fidelity to principle will once again grow and bloom in our White House in Washington DC. I believe, like a vine wraps itself around whatever it touches , this new beginning will too weave itself throughout our Capital and our country. To me Barack’s candidacy represents spring after a long, dry and devastating summer of an untrustworthy President in the White House.
My expectations are high and my hope higher still. I expect an end to the War in Iraq and hopefully the warring in Iraq between her own people. I expect the return of our civil rights and liberties and a government’s respect for “Rule of Law” in America.
On his opposition to “torture” and his anticipation of Barack Obama’s Presidency (April, 2008):
Using our September 11, 2001 national tragedy as his spring board, and justification for every thing his did after that, President Bush led America into the dismal swamp of patently un-American behavior and immoral governance, much of which we shall never recover from. For example, President Bush formally endorsed torture as a means of carrying out our country’s goals and achieving its ends. With that, America entered into the practice and policy of “The ends justify the means”, thereby validating every third world tyrant and dictator who follow that ideology as a matter of course and forever ceding that moral ground we had stood on for so long as a people. At that point, we became the very thing we have despised, criticized and fought against since our own conception as a country. President Bush’s divisive leadership set American against American in struggles of ideology which have gone beyond the bounds of sane discourse and into the realm where many Americans now see those of differing ideology as “the enemy”. [ NOTE: Although not explicitly stated, I assume Mr. Adame's term "torture" is intended to refer to waterboarding. ]
Eight years in the desert President Bush took us into is coming to an end. Soon America will speak and Barak Obama will take the helm of American government. Senator Obama is our highest and best hope in restoring American governance to its intended place as a representative servant to us all, and an example to the world of what America is and who Americans are.
On the threat posed by Republicans and the Tea Party (June, 2011):
The Republicans are close to succeeding in eliminating Medicare, lowering taxes on corporations and billionaires while raising taxes on the working class, ending labor unions, privatizing our prisons and even some military responsibilities and , in the name of security, curtailing a few more of our Constitutional and moral liberties and rights while finding more and more reasons to remain in never-ending war …
Although fewer in government every day, there are those who are standing against the right wing tide plaguing America. One of those, for example, is North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue who courageously uses her veto pen to stave off the uncompromising dismantling of North Carolina’s Education System, Unemployment assistance to unemployed workers throughout the state and voting rights which, only after decades of struggle were achieved for rich, poor, white, black, brown and red, educated and uneducated alike.
On his lifelong regard for JFK, and on how he envisions liberal Progressivism (June, 2013):
I very much admired Jimmy Carter when he was President. I think it was the way he came to office. Eight months prior to his becoming President I did not even know his name. Only in America can a person of humble beginnings grow up to become the President of The United States.
So much for Marshall Adame, whose judgment and policy views seem to be very much in line with most liberal Democrats in general, and with President Obama’s in particular. For more, Mr. Adame’s website is HERE.
Frankly, I don’t see much point in writing extensively about Walter Jones in this post. He has been in office for twenty years now, and what I had to say about him was contained in a post I put up before the primary election, HERE. I will only add that, although Jones was not my preference for the Republican candidate, he is considerably better than a committed liberal like Marshall Adame.