Who will lead?

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.

Comments

Other candidates?

Who should challenge Governor Pope in 2016? It's time to get them moving on the campaign trail ... and the discussion has to start somewhere.

Actually, it's already started ... behind a lot of closed doors. Let's bring it out into the sunlight and see what we can stir up.

Pretty please?

Cooper, Cotham, Cowell, Foxx, Goodwin, Ross and Stein?

A very good idea, Mr. Protzman! Not knowing what is taking place behind closed doors, the names that quickly come to mind as possible candidates (alphabetically) that Democrats might want to approach are Roy Cooper, Tricia Cotham, Janet Cowell, Anthony Foxx, Wayne Goodwin, Deborah Ross and Josh Stein. They each have a strong track record and bring different backgrounds to the table. Two or three of them are probably more populist than the others because of their current jobs. There are certainly other names to muse about, but perhaps these seven should be considered early on.

Cowell and Ross

I personally want an experienced woman at the top of the ticket. Not sure if Janet can spent the next four years running or not, given that she has a full-time taxpayer-funded job. That leaves Deborah Ross, of whom I am a huge fan.

McCrory got paid to run for governor for more than a decade. Whoever takes him on will have her work cut out.

Gender shouldn't matter...

...and it will be the people that vote in the May 2016 primary who decide who our Democratic Party nominee will be.

I hope that we can spend the next 3 years getting this Party built up into fighting mode.

Chris Telesca
Wake County Verified Voting
http://noirvnc.blogspot.com
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Leadership In This State? It does not exist!

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.*James

Correct! It can't be either major party and it can't be minor parties. What one is seeing in nothing but gencide on the citizens of the North Carolina and the rest of the USA. Total chaos and strong Armed Police State tactics by Governor Pope is name of the Game. Leadership is totaly void in this State at this time.

Leadership comes from the fire of Battle and those who have realize that, now knows that time has arrive today.

Welcome to the real world of Fascism in this State!

Out the political Control freaks now and declare a line in the Sand and a real leader will emerge..

Freedom now! Not later..

I guess that's one way to look at it.

Don't complain about Pope

Don't complain about Pope when you offer up candidates that have nothing to say or offer. You want to blame ...blame the NCDP.

Or maybe we could blame you

An invisible, anonymous commenter with nothing of substance to add.

Just so you know, it hurts my psyche to publish comments like yours, because I physically have to open a special section of the side, review what you've written, and then take action to approve it so others can see it.

I'm not asking for sympathy, just saying.

Dalton had plenty to say ...

.... it's just that Pat had way more money and a 6 year head start. Being paid to run for governor made life kinda easy for him.