Deb is not going to miss Jesse Helms. (In fact, she’s feeling a bit giddy.)

That was my Facebook status earlier today. This is a message I got from a friend:

“Subject: Helms..

Amen, sister, amen. I am giddy, too. What a hateful, spiteful, evil man.

I grew up in North Carolina. At 10, my mother let me come in the voting booth with her. Helms was running against Jim Hunt. My mom pointed to Helms’s name and said, “Never ever vote for this man.” That stuck with me. Eight years later, when I got to vote for the first time, the old bastard was *still* in office. I went straight for that part of the ballot and voted for Harvey Gantt. *Then* I went back up to vote for Clinton.

I saw the headline today, stood up from the couch and said, “Today is the happiest day of this North Carolinian girl’s life. Wheeee!”

I then called my mom to tell her the news. :)

Happy 4th of July!”

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