According to Rob Christensen at the News and Observer, the head of the N.C. Black Leadership Caucus wants Mickey Michaux of Durham to be the next House Speaker if Jim Black does not seek a fifth term. Based on comments made by Michaux, however, he's the wrong guy for the job.
Carnell Robinson, chairman of the political group, wants to make sure Michaux is in the mix when people talk about the next speaker. Michaux was founding chairman of the caucus. "It appears that there is going to be a leadership void," Robinson said in an interview. "Mickey Michaux is on point on the issues affecting poor folks and black folks in North Carolina."
If Black is a question mark, he wasn't acting like it last week. He said at the time that 50 House Democrats would support his re-election to the top House leadership post next year. Michaux said he won't run if Black does.
"If he doesn't run," Michaux said, "it's wide open."
With all due respect, Mr. Michaux, I call bullshit. Leaders with integrity don't sit back and wait for the field to clear before they decide to do the right thing. Sadly, it may very well be that North Carolina is bereft of leaders with integrity. I find it simply mind boggling that no one has stepped up to deal with this issue head on. Where's Jim Hunt when we need him?
Regardless of what happens with the Decker saga, regardless of whether Jim Black is implicated, guilty, or just an innocent bystander as he claims, he is the wrong person for the job of Speaker for the North Carolina House. Do us all a favor, Mr. Black. Quit while you're behind.