Why I like Brad Miller AND Howard Coble
I'm in Brad's district NC-13 and because of the vagaries of districting he, Howard Coble-R of NC-6, and Mel Watt-D NC-12 all have offices within a block or two of my residence. The only congressperson representing parts of Guilford County without an office within walking distance is freshman wingnut Virginia Foxx-R of NC-5. If you can, imagine Guilford County as a square shaped pizza. Just imagine the guy cutting the pizza was tripping or saw a particularly cute girl and you'll have some idea of the erratic twists and turns these districts take. To give you an idea, I live in the center of Greensboro, zip 27401 and I had to add the plus four to find out who my representative was. Anyway, I like Brad because he's fairly progressive. According to ProgressivePunch about 85% of the time. His staff is very friendly and patient and happy to answer questions. So why do I like Howard Coble? Two words; constituent services. The man and his staff are practically legendary in this regard. My family has benefited from his staff's commitment to the folks here. While I may disagree with his politics, if I lived in his district I'd probably still vote for him. Maybe that's why last time the Dems didn't bother to field a challenger to him. The security of his seat also allows him to make principled stands from time to time. I honestly don't know much about Mel Watt other than he's a member of the congressional black caucus (good). Here's a joke about his district NC-12. If Mel drove up 85-40 with his doors open he could hit every constituent in his district.