From Dan Besse's Facebook page:
I've spoken directly with Eric Mansfield and encouraged him to run for N.C. Democratic Party chair. I believe that he will do so, and I look forward to supporting him when he does. I think he has what it takes to work with all Democrats in restoring the effectiveness of our state party organization--which is something we badly need in order to fight back against the avalanche of right-wing disasters about to be unleashed on our state.
I've talked with Eric only once, but having studied his campaign and career, I tend to agree with Dan's assessment. I don't care whether his candidacy came from grassroots, from on high, or somewhere in between, he seems like a great choice. I just wish he could start yesterday.