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?