For those who doubted predictions about Governor Pope's corporate coup in North Carolina, the reality is clear. We are now living in a state entirely controlled by an unelected slumlord pushing a radical agenda that is already taking a toll on our state's reputation as a leader.
In my view, we are in need of a powerful, counterbalancing figure to rally around, a charismatic populist, who will challenge the Pope machine at every turn and win back the governorship in 2016. Because as Pope demonstrated over the past decade, winning the governor's office is a marathon, not a sprint. The time to start running is now.