Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest has decided that his running days are over. For now, at least.
To the surprise of no one, Forest is now on the record saying that he’s not interested in a race against Kay Hagan for U.S. Senate. But his words are surprisingly strong: “Never contemplated it. Never considered it. I like being lieutenant governor. That’s not your typical political response, is it?”
This comes close to a ‘Sherman statement’. Forest should be taken at his word. After all, he wants to be governor, not senator (of course, he didn’t say that). Still, an endorsement from the Lieutenant Governor would be a big ‘get’ in a Republican primary. Forest has that rare ability to appeal to both mainstream Republicans and Tea Party conservatives, and that’s why his future looks bright even though that future apparently doesn’t include a seat in the U.S. Senate.