Tom Jensen posts a story he wrote for the Orange Herald over at Orange Politics. I would give a link to the newspaper story, but I can't find it. Call it an update on the goings-on of Bill Faison, or the lack thereof. I think it is an interesting read, so I'll give you a few tidbits after the break, then you can go read OP for the full story.
During his inaugural session last year, he made all sorts of noise. He attracted attention statewide as one of only two Democrats to vote against the state budget, while gaining notice locally for his effort to force a referendum on district representation for the Orange County Commissioners through the N.C. General Assembly. This drew him the enmity of many other local elected officials, who thought his efforts were an attempt to wrest power away from them.
This is how I first came to really know about Bill Faison, having been out of state during the 04 election and missing the Barry Jacobs/Bill Faison race. When I first approached him I was distrusting because of these votes and positions. However, I found him to be engaging and to talk a populist, progressive game. Perhaps that is because I am an Orange Countian and not from rural Onslow. Or, perhaps...
He has expressed interest in serving as speaker of the House if current speaker Jim Black steps down, and in running for governor.
These are pretty high hopes for a first-term legislator, so what are Faison's chances of achieving either position? Not good, but not impossible.
One reason for Faison's less rebellious behavior during this session could be his ambitions to be speaker of the House. Voting against the budget did not endear him to very many of his colleagues last summer, and he may be hoping that toning down his act will help that vote to be forgotten if he enters the speaker election in January.
Like I said, leap across the bit river to OP and read the rest.