Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory on Tuesday made official what anyone paying attention has known for a long time: He’s running for governor. And he (formally) starts the race not only as the front-runner for the Republican nomination, but as the overall front-runner, thanks to Gov. Beverly Perdue’s announcement that she won’t seek another term.
In a brief announcement on his website, Mr. McCrory said he wants “to fix our broken government, fix our broken economy, and put North Carolina’s resources back to work.”
Recent polls have shown Mr. McCrory leading the field, a factor some pundits have suggested was behind the Democratic governor’s decision to bow out.
Here’s the text of Mr. McCrory’s announcement:
Over the last few years, it has been refreshing to step out of the political bubble and return to the private sector. I have had the opportunity to survey the damage firsthand and see the effects of the failed policies and failed leadership the executive branch has offered North Carolina over the last decade.
Currently, there are over 450,000 North Carolinians who are out of work. Our state’s economy ranks near the bottom in the entire country. The good old boy (and girl) network approach to state government from the Easley/Perdue administrations have brought us repeated political scandals and a dysfunctional government.
The current situation in North Carolina is unacceptable and not consistent with what our people expect and deserve. We live in the greatest state in this wonderful country and we have the resources to accomplish so much more if we have the right leadership and policies in place to allow us to do so.
Today I am officially announcing my intention to ask for the honor of serving as North Carolina’s next Governor. I have a vision for North Carolina to fix our broken government, fix our broken economy, and put North Carolina’s resources back to work.
WHO WILL RUN AGAINST HIM?
Meanwhile, Gov. Perdue’s announcement threw open the doors for other Democrats to enter the race. Lots of names have been thrown about, and this week, they’ve started lining up.
Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton is in, and so is Rep. Bill Faison. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx’s name was briefly floated this week, but he has opted out. Now some are wondering if former UNC system president and White House aide Erskine Bowles might run.
Jan. 31, 2012, WFAE.org, Party Line blog, “When an Announcement Isn’t an Announcement.” – Greg Collard of our news partner WFAE-FM comments on Pat McCrory’s announcement and the emerging field.