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Charlotte’s ‘Uncle Sam’ is on a mission to end political gridlock

Uncle Sam at the Square

Retired entrepreneur Bob Harrison dressed as Uncle Sam and went to The Square to seek public support for his ideas to fix Washington, D.C.
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Retired entrepreneur Bob Harrison dressed as Uncle Sam and went to The Square to seek public support for his ideas to fix Washington, D.C.

Everybody’s fed up with gridlock in Washington, D.C. Bob Harrison is so fed up that he’s taken to dressing in an Uncle Sam costume and going uptown on Wednesdays to seek public support at The Square for his ideas on cleaning up the nation’s political mess.

Harrison, 70, has started appearing during the lunch rush at Trade and Tryon streets on Wednesdays to hand out pamphlets urging citizens to push for a constitutional amendment banning private money from federal elections. “Democracy Wednesdays,” he calls his effort, a play on the “Moral Mondays” protest movement in North Carolina.

He also wants public financing reforms, an independent redistricting commission to draw up congressional districts, and restoration of the “fairness doctrine,” which required TV stations to present contrasting viewpoints on important public issues.

Harrison, a Charlotte resident, knows his is a longshot effort. But he says it’s worth it to bring attention to this important issue. --Eric Frazier

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