Remember this thread where I proposed the idea that Sue Myrick might be planning to run in place of Liddy Dole? I came to that conclusion based on two things. First, Myrick came out quickly to dispel rumors that she was entertaining a run for Governor. Second, she ran hard against a candidate with no name recognition in this past election. The only reason I could think she would raise and spend so much money to run against a candidate with a few thousand dollars and no name recognition was to boost her own even higher in preparation for a run for higher office. To back my theory up, a new diarist, PhoenixDem, mentioned the same idea in a diary just a few days later.
More nonsense on the flip....
Part of my theory involved Charlotte Mayor, Pat McCrory, running for Myrick's seat. Sam Spencer made a good point [No, WAIT! I made that point!], that Pat's ego would not allow him to run for a congressional seat. Regardless, McCrory has plans for another office. The Charlotte Observer is reporting that Rick Hendrick, of mail fraud and NASCAR fame, will host a fundraiser for McCrory at his home on Feb.2. Some guests are paying as much as $1500.
For those of you who do not follow Charlotte politics, McCrory has no trouble getting re-elected. He would not need to raise this kind of money if he wanted to remain Mayor. If I'm[not Sam] correct, that ego would prevent a run for a congressional seat, could Mayor Pat have a run for the Governor's mansion in mind? In his diary from October 16, justing hints that may very well happen. He has this to say about the GOP field:
There are plenty of folks on the GOP side ready to duke it out as well, although they are lesser known. You may get to know Senator Fred Smith from Johnston County during this election cycle, as he's taken the unusual step of running ads on Triangle TV stations. This use of campaign funds seems like it may be geared more toward 2008 than his re-election campaign.
You may have already gotten to know the aforementioned Graham. He's been active in self-funded campaigns on television and radio across the state this year to crack down on illegal immigration and eliminate the gas tax.
Also seemingly in the race is Sen. Robert Pittenger, a strident conservative from Mecklenburg County. All three candidates are terrifyingly to the right, but none seem to be particularly viable candidates either. Republicans may want to coax popular Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory into the race.
It's well-known that a candidate from Mecklenburg is pretty much assured a loss in a state-wide run. Is this as true for Republican candidates as it is for Democratic candidates?
What's going on in your neck of the woods? Are you hearing about any maneuvering by politicians that might indicate they have bigger plans? It's about time to check up on those FEC reports to see who is rebuilding their war chests. Ahhhh, a fresh new political season approaches.