All three Republican gubernatorial candidates are darlings of small-minded newspapers in North Carolina, but it's hard so say which of them is the smarmiest overall: A.K.* Smith, Bill Graham, or Bob Orr. This week, though, Mr. Bob takes the cake in a wistful puff-piece interview with the so-called editor of the Roxboro Courier.
The 2008 campaign for governor of North Carolina came to Person County this week in the personage of former N. C. Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr. Orr, who is seeking the Republican nomination in the GOP gubernatorial primary next May, technically was in town Monday for an ostensibly non-political talk to the Roxboro Kiwanis Club. But taking the two-birds-with-one-stone approach, Orr stopped by The Courier-Times to talk about his bid to ride his 18-year career as an appellate jurist to the state’s highest office.