NC '08: The Democratic Party's Deep Bench

Every four years, each political party in North Carolina has to come up with a slate of politicians to run for the numerous statewide positions up for grabs: Governor; Lt. Governor; Secretary of State; Attorney General; State Treasurer; Commissioner of Agriculture; and four other statewide officials. The number of open offices makes the recruiting of quality candidates difficult, but the great news for Democrats in '08 is that our bench is much deeper than the Republicans.

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The Democrats with high name recognition that will probably run for a statewide office are:

--Beverly Perdue [Lt. Governor; most likely running for Governor]
--Richard Moore [State Treasurer; must likely running for Governor]
--Roy Cooper [Attorney General; announced that he will run for AG again]
--Elaine Marshall [Secretary of State; no indication as to possible run yet]
--June Atkinson [Superintendent of Education; no known announcement yet]
--Mark Basnight [Senate President; no announcement yet]
--Dan Blue [Former (and possibly future) Speaker of the House; no announcement of a run for statewide office]

And now the Republicans with high name recognition who look likely to run for statewide office:

--Patrick Ballantine [loser of Governor race in '04; no indication that he is running again]
--Richard Troxel [Secretary of Agriculture; shows no sign of wanting to hold a different office]
--Fred Smith [State Senator; please, please run Fred]

I am sure that there may be a couple of other semi-candidates that will be scraped together who will be just competent enough to fill a slot on a ballot, but the Democrats will clearly have the advantage in name recognition and experience as we gear up for '08. Oh yeah, and that thing about the voters booting Republicans out of office en masse just a couple of weeks ago cannot help matters.

The two concerns going forward is that the Democrats appear to be burning one of their two top candidates if Perdue and Moore both pursue the Governorship and Republicans currently in the US House may feel like dropping down to the state level now that they are stuck in the minority party. However, it is still clear that we are starting the '08 statewide cycle head and shoulders above the Republicans.

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Not Even Mentioning

The strong position of the NC Democratic Party under Meek compared to the chaos on the other side.

The fun begins...

In case you missed it, here is Tom Jensen's 2008 preview from October in the Chapel Hill Herald.

www.bluenc.com/nc-2008-election-preview

Don't forget Dole, she is the incumbent.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I'm hoping Robin Hayes

will be looking for a new job!

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Has anyone stopped to think

why Sue Myrick would opt out of the Governor's race so early on and then run a strong race (billboards and all!) against an unknown opponent? We need to check her campaign coffers. She might know something we don't about whether Liddy will run again. I'm thinking she has plans for that seat.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Good catch.

Guess we'll have to extend the Boom Boom on Dole to include a possible heiress apparent.

She spent $1.1 million on her 2006 campaign.

But, only has about $150K on hand.
Perhaps she was doing what Clinton did, showing other Republicans that she could raise a boat-load of cash, compared to them, so they should get out of her way?

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I think that's exactly what she was doing

but I'm surprised to hear she has only 150k left. Oh My! She won't win a Senate campaign with that COH.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Unless...

everyone is sick of Dole, she let down the party big time. The RNC and NRSC could dump $2 mill into NC in no time.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I don't think Sue would challenge in a primary

I think you get kicked out of the Republican party for doing that...something in their bylaws....I'm not kidding. :)

If Myrick is planning a Senate run, it's because Dole told her she wouldn't be running again. She's good for chanting the party mantra, but she isn't that bright. The American Red Cross suffered under her leadership....or lack of it. I think Republicans know they have to run someone who can do more than repeat a rehearsed set of talking points.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.