No Mention of Cooper for Senate?

In a recent story, Rob Christensen profiles Roy Cooper, why he declined to run for Governor in 08, and what the future might hold. The surpise? Not one mention of Burr '10.

The whole story is here (it is short). Clips after the break.

For the past 16 years, Tobacco Road has produced North Carolina's governors. Jim Hunt, the son of a Wilson County tobacco farmer, served as governor from 1993 to 2001. His successor, Mike Easley, the son of a Nash County tobacco warehouseman, is serving a second term that runs until 2009.


But Attorney General Roy Cooper's announcement this summer that he will seek re-election in 2008 rather than run for governor means Tobacco Road's lease on the Executive Mansion will not be renewed.


Cooper's friends say his decision to seek re-election was a personal one, not political. His youngest daughters are 11 and 13. It's hard to attend school plays when you are out most nights campaigning.

Let's see, that means in '10 they will be 15 and 17. Still too young? In six years after that (assuming BUrr wins in 08) they would be 21 and 23 and Cooper would be 59.

...Cooper would have had to beat two prominent Democrats, Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue and state Treasurer Richard Moore, to win his party's nomination. Both would have been formidable, well-financed foes -- and, in the case of Moore, a friend.

The conventional wisdom is that if Cooper and Moore -- who are sometimes mistaken for each other -- had remained in the race, Perdue would have waltzed to the nomination. Cooper's decision to seek re-election was good news for Moore.

Cooper, 49, has time to wait. He will be 59 after the next governor steps down, assuming he or she serves the maximum two four-year terms.

There is that look alike thing again, that makes no sense does it? Is anyone surprised there was NO mention of a DC position? Do we think that means there is no chance of a move out of NC?


I do not know why they do not consider that

Maybe the fact that Bowles ran the last 15 years or so as the Democratic nominee blinds the N&O to other candidates that would actually win.

Why no talk of Senate 08

I understand Cooper choosing to sit out the Governor's race in 08, tho he was my early favorite. What I can't understand is why we have no big name Dems talking about challenging empty wig Liddy Dole. Dole has abandoned NC for her job at the NRSC, where she is doing a pathetic job. Bowles held Liddy to a tight race in 2002 and he ran a terrible campaign during a rough time for Democratic candidates. Liddy is beatable in 08.

I wonder if Easley isn't the reason.

He has said over and over he wouldn't, but he should and he would win. Perhaps everyone is just waiting until he says he is out.

Damn, I wish Jim Hunt would run if Easley didn't. That speech he gave...

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

Easley in 08

He would eat Liddy's lunch... I try not to day dream too much about Easley in 08 since I take him at his word that he isn't running. We should have a deep bench with Easley, Cooper, Perdue, Moore, etc all big names who could/should be seeking higher office in 08... one of them should take on Liddy...

cooper running for AG

I believe that when Roy Cooper announced he wasn't running for Governor he stated he was runnign for re-election as Attorney General. That would rule out a Senate bid.

08 senate bid for sure.

As far as I know, no one has linked him to anything outside North Carolina?

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

Too many open seats

on the Council of State is a dangerous thing. The GOP already holds 2 of those seats - Labor and Agriculture. Perdue and Moore are aparently going to run for governor, but who will run to replace them? That leaves Cooper, Long (Insur) , and Marshall (State) as the Dem holdovers for these statewide seats. Unless Marshall decides to challenge Dole.

I am glad Cooper decided to run for AG in '08. I think he would be a great candidate vs Burr in '10.

don't know why I'm harping on Faison these days

but doesn't his bio say he owns a farm? Maybe he would be a candidate for Ag?

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