A slow news day at the Charlotte Observer, a fresh dip into this fetid pool.
In a recent interview, Faison said there was no need to challenge Perdue, because he believed she would not file for re-election. It is the sort of whistling-past-the-graveyard assertion he has made frequently in recent weeks. The Perdue campaign laughs off the assertion as nearly delusional. But Faison is unfazed by such denials.
"It doesn't look to me like a serious and dedicated run for governor, and I think in the end she will decide not to do that," Faison said.
To which our friend Gary Pearce had this to say:
"I think Faison has made the mistake of looking too eager to take advantage of her problems," said Gary Pearce, a veteran Democratic strategist. "It's one thing to position yourself if you think there is an opportunity. People expect that of politicians. There is a fine line, where you go too far, and you appear to be too nakedly ambitious. He may have crossed that line."
He may have crossed that line? Ya think?
The jack-ass in the room, of course, is the broader question of electability. Even if Perdue were to retire, I don't see Faison standing a snowball's chance in hell of raising the money and building the machine needed to beat Pat "Duke Energy" McCrory in the general. In any case, as others have said earlier, if Faison thinks he's the right person for the job, let him declare his intentions and prove his mettle in a primary.