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Attorney general hints at run for governor
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Attorney general hints at run for governor
Democrats call for change in county party's fundraiser




Hinting at a possible run for governor in 2016, Attorney General Roy Cooper called on Wilson County Democrats to help restore North Carolina’s reputation as a bastion of progress in the New South.

Cooper accused Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and the GOP-led General Assembly of gutting public education and eroding voting rights during a speech at a Wilson County Democratic Party fundraiser Thursday evening.

"I am feeling an energy in North Carolina from the college campuses to the senior centers to Moral Mondays,” Cooper said. "People have an energy because they know that we need to move North Carolina forward.”

 

‘TAKING HIS TEMPERATURE’

The four-term Democratic attorney general wouldn’t say whether he has decided to seek the Executive Mansion, but everyone from former Gov. Jim Hunt to N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller offered winking endorsements.

"I am concerned about the direction our state is taking,” Cooper said in a Wilson Times interview before his speech. "We’re spending time on divisive social issues instead of education and a comprehensive jobs program. I want to be a part of changing that. 2016 is a long way off, but it’s important that I play a role in making sure we move North Carolina forward, and that’s what I plan to do.”

The audience at Thursday’s Fall FLING — a shortened form of "For Leadership In Government” — greeted Cooper with a standing ovation. The N.C. Department of Justice head called for Democrats to retake control of state government.

"In 2016, we need to elect a majority in the House and the Senate, and I just might suggest we need to elect a new governor in North Carolina,” he said.

Hunt, a Wilson native and North Carolina’s longest-serving governor, told attendees he had visited Cooper last winter and gauged his interest in seeking higher office.

"I didn’t go in there to convince him to run for a certain thing,” Hunt said. "I wanted to see what he had to say. We call it taking his temperature.”

Hunt praised Cooper’s performance as state attorney general and said his greatest impact on the Tar Heel State may still lie ahead.

"He’s been a great attorney general, a man of great integrity and great ability,” Hunt said. "Roy Cooper is a wonderful North Carolinian who has done great things and who has enormous potential for the future.”

Voller, who chairs the state Democratic Party and is the mayor of Pittsboro, said Tar Heel voters have soured on McCrory since he took office in January.

"I think the honeymoon is over,” Voller said. "If you look at his numbers, they have plummeted faster than Icarus falling from the sun.”

North Carolina’s top Democrat alluded to Cooper as the party’s hope to topple McCrory.

"If we keep it up, we’re going to elect a great governor in this state,” Voller said, "and I think he was here.”

 

NEW TRADITIONS

Thursday’s Fall FLING, held at Something Different Cafe on Wilson’s Airport Boulevard, replaces the Silver Lake Oyster Bar fundraiser traditionally held each year at the Silver Lake Restaurant.

"I sense a new awakening of the Democratic Party in Wilson County,” Hunt said. "We’re a two-party county now. We know that, we don’t mind that. We just want to be the best party and win the elections here.”

Hunt said that since taking control of both legislative houses in 2012 and the governor’s mansion two years later, Republicans have hurt North Carolina’s reputation as a state that invests in education and jobs.

"North Carolina’s kind of gotten off on the wrong path, hasn’t it?” he said. "Do you remember the days when we were building this state, becoming one of the most progressive states in America? All over the country, they were talking about North Carolina. They called us the Dixie Dynamo.”

Hunt said just three Southeastern states — North Carolina, Louisiana and West Virginia — reduced budget allocations for public universities last year.

"It is a crying shame, and it is wrong,” Hunt said. "We ought to always invest in our children. We ought to always be building for our future. That’s what God wants us to do.”

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall said voters who elected conservative Republicans to state office seeking a change in direction got more than they bargained for.

"The public is tired,” Marshall said. "Some folks wanted a change, but this is not the change they wanted. They did not know what they were getting.”

Wilson County Democratic Party Chairman Will Farris hoped the new fall fundraising tradition would help reunite the county party.

"We have a lot of work to do,” Farris said. "On a county level, we have a lot of work to do in terms of mending fences and keeping our bond together as one.”

Before introducing Hunt, Farris used stark words to rally the Democratic troops for battle.

"We have a lot of work to do as Democrats,” Farris said. "We have a lot of local Democrats here and a lot of state Democrats here, and the truth is we are under attack and we need to go to war.”

 

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Run Roy Run said...

Someone needs to "flush" McCrory and the Tea Party anarchists out of Raleigh. If you can do that, you have my vote.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 8:59 PM
thye good people of this state said...

sent a 140 year democratic stranglehold of corruption in both houses of the general assembly packing two elections ago. last election they added to the republican majorities in both houses, sent a long line of crooked, political patronizing governors packing," mentored by the KING OF POLITICAL PATRONAGE ", himself James Baxter Hunt JR who also mentored Governor wannabe Cooper. the state congressional delegation went overwhelmingly republican and the people of this state came to their senses and did not fall for Osama Oblamer again this time. now with the national nightmare of Obomacare rolled out maybe the national electorate will have the good sense to send Harry Reid and the democratic circus in the senate packing like they did madam Pelosi and her railroad and road show in the US House.

Monday, October 14, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Really? said...

"WAR" is fought in dirty, dingy, and dangerous arenas not in a voting booth!...War? The dems go crazy at any mention of guns or any other analogous phrase used by a "nutty tea partier." Well sir in a "WAR" people get killed. In a "WAR" people get maimed. In a "WAR" people have their families torn apart. In a "WAR" there are physical, mental, psychological consequences unequal to anything else experienced. In a "WAR" people fight and DIE for the FLAG. A FLAG that many on the left do NOT mind if it is spit on or burned. A FLAG that many on the left feel symbolizes an unjust Constitution. A FLAG that symbolizes the freedoms guaranteed by everyone who has died, been injured, maimed, volunteered their freedom and sacrificed their life and liberty so activists and others can spew rhetoric blasting those who want to honor what the FLAG was built upon. It guarantees the freedom for anyone and everyone to WORK HARD and pursue success. IT DOES NOT guarantee that everyone will be equally successful. That is what the left misconveys to the masses of uninformed voters. Our defense Secretary has NOT even been to Dover to see the planes unload these hero's bodies until it was publicized. Our other leaders have threatened to cut these people's pay and retirements and death benefits to "make a political point". The work "WAR" has not context that is proper when talking about D and R politics. "WAR" is fought in dirty, dingy, and dangerous arenas not in a voting booth!

Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 8:22 PM
Perfect said...

Another sell out from the Jim Hunt camp professing his ability to fix all for everyone. "Ill fix everything AND you the voter do not have to do anything. You deserve it if you vote for me. Personal responsibility is a thing of the past. Old fashioned thinking. Like the thinking of those old-timers who wrote the Constitution." "VOTE FOR ME AND EVERYTHING IS FREE (if you don't work and pay taxes)" Thats a great idea to elect him.

Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 8:03 PM
Really...... said...

The Tea Party is a joke. Many citizens consider your views to be extreme. First of all doing nothing is not the solution. The Tea Republicans played their hand short.... hopefully, you learned not to under estimate the power of voting.

Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 2:39 PM
Pepper said...

The Democratic Party needs a tea party! What a great idea, a group in the democratic party to hold the old Dem establishment accountable. If the Tea Party wanted to do some damage, they should all sign up and join the Democratic party. Split the Democratic party up in many pieces. Dems say they have a big tent part (hogwash)! The Dems will follow anyone, they voted for Obama. I thought American citizens fought in wars overseas and on battle fields, not in politics between two lightweight opponents. I wish America and North Carolina could have complete deadlock, lets have both parties in charge and do nothing for 10 years, maybe this country will get back going again. Democrats and Republicans are both jokes.

Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 11:24 PM Good Ole Boy LOL Silly said...

If you check, they were paid by us THE NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY!!! The Republicans probably will hire them for their event as well..Check that out Mr/Ms Knowledge!!!

Friday, October 11, 2013 at 6:07 PM War??? said...

Chairman Farris, being in the political eye now, may want to think about his choice of words. War? We are hearing about our fallen soldiers who the DOD and Mr. Hagel did not want to pay the death benefits of these fallen warriors and Mr. Farris wants to use the word war? We are still in a War on terror. We still have soldiers dying in the Middle East. Still in countries that Obama said he would bring ALL the troops home from. No, Mr. Farris, you are not in a War! But the Democrats will have a huge hill to climb to take back this state.

Friday, October 11, 2013 at 12:24 PM that makes sense said...

Now, I know why 2 Sheriff Deputies had their cars in the middle of Airport Rd with their lights on for no reason last night. Traffic was slowing down and merging away from the center turn lane, all so we could see the full parking lot at this gathering. Why were the Deputies there? They did not need to be sitting in the road for 30 plus minutes. Guess Democrats have their good ole boys group too.

Friday, October 11, 2013 at 11:12 AM Fan said...

Yey!! Go Roy!!


Friday, October 11, 2013 at 8:54 AM James Davis said...

Just another Marxist democrat!

Friday, October 11, 2013 at 8:50 AM Voter said...

Run Roy RN! We need you!!


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