Council of State

All of this talk about the Council of State has got me thinking. Who is running in 2008?

We have Moore and Perdue running to replace Easley, which will leave Lt. Gov and Treasurer as open seats. The field for Lt. Gov is large, but the only name I have heard for treasurer is Janet Cowell, and she withdrew her name after only a week or two of a trial balloon.

I dont know anything certain, but I would be shocked if the rest of our Democratic incumbents dont run for reelection.

But, we also have three Republican incumbents. So, who is running for Auditor, Labor and Agriculture?

Come on people, I need names!


Sam Spencer

You asked for names. I gave you one.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Yeah but

Surely he cant run for all of them?

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I bet

He(Faison) could beat Troxler. Without Meg Scott hanging over his head I am sure we could win that back.

Jim Harrell for Treasurer wouldnt be that bad.

I think all of these will be very tame primaries except lt gov and gov.

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John Crumpler, who is a

John Crumpler, who is a wealthy businessman in Raleigh and sits on the board of the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, is apparently thinking about running for Treasurer.

Wayne Goodwin is running for Labor Commissioner again.


for the info.

i knew SOMEONE would come through with a name or two.

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A lot of unhappiness at the state auditor's office

under the current State Auditor (as opposed to under Ralph Campbell). My source on this requested that our conversations be private, but maybe some of you in Raleigh can sniff out whether there's a story there on dissatisfaction with the practice and procedures of the current SA.

not sure

I know that he and his staff go to the civitas lunch every month. Dont know anything more than that.

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this will

sound odd coming from me, but I would like to see an independent campaign for State Auditor. Someone seperate from both party structrues to ensure (hopefully) they are not biased.

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I was a little shocked

back when I found out that it is an elected position. I think that's probably a good thing, though. The independents running for the job wouldn't really be independents; the public would just lose its handy (D) and (R) quick reference indicators. The other option would be to have it be an appointed post, but then you have the partisan problem all over again, but worse since the position would be one more step removed from the control of the voters.


i would like to see it be appointed, but then who would appoint? courts could not. legislature and governor have to be seperate from the person. so that leaves elections.

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staff. Although I think in NC they fall under the legislatures staff rather than executive. But they are effectively permanent staff just like the clerks and such, free of political involvement.

While I think something similar could be good, I really like the auditor's position being high profile. I dont know anything about what this guy has or hasnt done, but I like the idea of a streamlined government. (to all lurkers i did NOT say smaller government, nor did I say business like. if government was business like we would have a thousand ken lays running around)

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Streamlined is good. :)

For a while, I thought that Ralph Campbell would be running for Governor, the way he was holding press conferences and holding NC agencies feet to the fire.

The NC State Auditor has a cadre of somewhere between 6 and 12 top people who are appointed by him and serve at his discretion. Everyone else is a permanent employee.

Lt Governor

I heard Dan Besse, WS City Councilman, give a speech in Dec at the Forsyth Dem luncheon on his plans for Lt Gov. He rocks.

War is over if you want it.

my problem

Is that I have yet to hear anything bad about any of the candidates so far.

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Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I just did some looking

And ran across an article saying that Chris Mintz is thinking about running for the Democratic Nomination for Treasurer.

Apparently, as of about a week ago he was exploring it, and will make a decision in the next few weeks. Thought I would give everyone a headsup. This is the guy who ran against Ty Harrell for the Dem nomination just weeks after chairing the Western Wake Republican Party. A class act all around.

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I had forgotten and never knew some of these things about Mintz.

That did more than ruffle feathers, especially when Mintz, an investment manager with enough money to lend his own campaign $100,000, started sending out slick mailers that depicted him as an uber-family man with nothing but the public's interest at heart.

What it did, in fact, was send Democratic activists to the record books in search of evidence that Mintz was no moderate, and maybe not a Democrat either.

It didn't take long for them to discover Mintz's own press release, given out last June after he'd graduated from a course at the N.C. Institute of Political Leadership (NCIOPL). "Chris Mintz is a conservative Republican," it said, and went on to note his support for organizations "such as" the N.C. Family Policy Council, the Wake Taxpayers Association, the Jesse Helms Center Foundation, the John Locke Foundation, and so on and so forth down a list of groups that are anything but moderate.
What's more, Williams said, Mintz's stated reason for leaving the Republicans--essentially, that they're too focused on the social issues and not enough on economics--"simply doesn't add up" given his rhetoric, and record, as a Republican.

The real reason he left, Williams wrote, was Mintz's "out-of-control ambition and a consuming desire to be elected to office."

Mintz knew that Capps was considering not running for re-election, and had already penciled himself in as the Republican nominee, Williams said. So when Capps changed his mind, Mintz was steamed and decided to go after the Democratic nomination instead.

At which point he changed not just his party affiliation but his positions on the social issues too, according to Williams, begging the question whether Mintz believes anything he says, or just tries "to win favor with the people he's talking to at the moment."

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Go read that original letter

Republicans were PISSED about that move. The guy they quote, Williams, wrote a scathing letter, said it was the "bonehead" move of the year.

Based upon the available evidence and with the benefit of hindsight, I can only conclude that Chris Mintz’ decision to leave the Republican Party was not driven by principle, but rather by out-of-control political ambition and a consuming desire to be elected to office as soon as possible, whatever the cost, in whichever party provides the easiest path, and without regard for principle.

December of 2005

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