What a week this has been. With the crazy train running off the tracks in Raleigh, it's tempting to pack up and run for cover.
So thank goodness it's Friday, the perfect day to officially launch a new kind of campaign to shape a new kind of politics in North Carolina. I am running for governor.
My friends will tell you I am not a professional politician. I've never wanted to be one, and I don't really want to be governor. But I can’t stand by and watch our state dragged down by special interests, corporate welfare, and short-sighted thinking.
After a century of progress under moderate bi-partisan leadership, Republican extremists are turning North Carolina into a state of madness. They’re putting our schools and environment at risk, undermining what has made us a leader in attracting business for decades. And for what? So the ultra-rich can buy more luxury cars?
North Carolina voters trusted Republicans to lead our state forward. That was a mistake. We must do better, and that means working together. For starters, please give me whatever feedback, advice, criticism or complaints you're willing to share in public. No back rooms. No secret meetings. No special interests.
For better or for worse, this is going to be the most transparent campaign North Carolina has ever seen.