Bush Team, Assemble! One of our rival blogs Jonesing for Blounts has the scoop. Jeb! is racking up endorsements from a bevy of prominent figures in NC politics. The Jeb team in North Carolina is being led by U.S. Congressman Patrick McHenry. Legislators on the Bush team: Senators Tom Apodaca, Brent Jackson, and Representative Charles Jeter. Their message: Jeb was a successful conservative governor, someone with the results and the record to match the rhetoric.
Is this potentially bad news for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who has had a difficult August? Most thought the NC legislature moved the date of the presidential primary to assist Walker’s bid. It deserves mentioning, of course, that these names represent only a handful of legislators and many more are still on the fence. And Pat McCrory sees himself as a North Carolina version of Scott Walker – if Walker’s campaign is still viable by the time the primaries start, he’ll find some friendly people here.
Good-bye Glazier. Rep. Rick Glazier, a respected legislator who has been in office for 13 years, resigns tomorrow to head the NC Justice Center. Glazier represents a somewhat competitive district in Fayetteville and local Democrats will be meeting this Saturday to name his successor. One name definitely in the mix: former Rep. Billy Richardson, the nominee last year against Sen. Wesley Meredith.
Pendleton-Bradshaw? Former Raleigh Mayor Tom Bradshaw might be back again. There have been reports, including from WRAL reporter Mark Binker, that Public Policy Polling is asking about a matchup between Bradshaw and Representative Gary Pendleton (House District 49 in Raleigh). Tom Bradshaw ran for State Senate last year and lost. It looks like he isn’t ready to retire from politics just yet.
John Wynne is the “conservative voice” at PoliticsNC, where he also provides polling analysis and commentary on legislative campaigns. When not writing about politics, he enjoys gardening and listening to opera. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.