Goodwin Receives First Newspaper Endorsement in Race for NC Insurance Commissioner

The following ran as the sole editorial in my hometown newspaper on March 6th:


Favorite son insures stability
By The Richmond County Daily Journal Editorial Board

"Back in April of 2004 we presented an editorial about a native son, Wayne Goodwin.

Goodwin had filed to run for labor commissioner of North Carolina. Part of what we wrote back then was this:

“No one from Hamlet has ever been elected to a statewide office.

The last person elected from the county, living in the county at the time, to a statewide office was in the 1920s.

We are really proud of Richmond County's son and the strides he has taken to advocate for the better of Richmond County in the Legislature.

He was instrumental in helping to get rid of the gutted Imperial Foods plant building that was a painful reminder to the victims and their families of that tragic fire in September 1991.

He is a hard worker, who came from humble beginnings but has worked his way through the ranks.

Richmond County should be proud to have someone with the courage and ambition to go after a seat at the table of 10 - the Council of State.

Goodwin has a tough and tiring road ahead in campaigning across the state. We hope he feels a force of encouragement from his hometown pushing him forward.”

Fast forward to March of 2008.

Now Goodwin has thrown his hat in the state-wide ring again. He announced last week that he is running for Insurance Commissioner.

He is trying to replace his boss, Jim Long, a Democrat, who was first elected commissioner in 1984, and as such also serves as the state fire marshal and oversees numerous other industries and activities in the state, including bail bondsmen, auto clubs, the state building code and injury prevention programs.

Long, in his endorsement of Goodwin as his successor to the elected position said, "He is a great advocate and is doing a great job for the state."

Two other candidates for insurance commissioner filed last week. Democrat David Smith is a Durham attorney and president-elect of the North Carolina Association of Health Underwriters. Republican John Odom is a former Raleigh city councilman who owns three muffler repair shops.

"I felt it was time to pass the torch to a new generation of leadership for the department," Long said in an e-mail to his employees. "It has been my honor to work side by side with you in service to the people of North Carolina."

We agree with Commissioner Long. Wayne Goodwin is the best choice to continue the leadership needed in this important North Carolina post.

His compassionate nature and commitment to service make Wayne Goodwin the best choice in this race.

The Richmond County Daily Journal wholeheartedly endorses Goodwin as the next insurance commissioner of North Carolina."

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The Journal also ran a full article immediately after Goodwin filed for Insurance Commissioner.

Comments

Congratulations Wayne!

I have heard that the Richmond DJ's endorsement is hard to come by. Way to go.

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



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Congrats, Wayne

bradford
I'm sure it will be the first of many. People have confidence you'll continue Jim's efforts to fight for them.

bradford

That's awesome, Wayne.

Congratulations! It is hard to get an endorsement from the DJ. But they know a good thing when they see it.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Public financing

Everyone needs to help Wayne out (read: euphemism for giving money). Under the public financing laws which Wayne has enthusiastically supported, he has already met the $20k initial phase and must now receive donations from 750 donors, b/t $10-$100 totaling $29,000+, by April 5 to qualify for public financing.

The good part about this is I don't feel guilty for sending him a $10 check since it's numbers he's looking for, not necessarily the money (though I'm sure he'll appreciate that as well). Though only bad thing about the current public financing structure is that it does NOT allow credit card transactions (I hope someone in DemocracyNC or something can go about changing that; that really works against public financing in this 21st century).

So please send those small donor contributions to "The Goodwin Committee" and mail it to P.O. Box 1654, Hamlet NC 28345. Make sure to include your address, date of birth, and employer. Someone smarter than me has done the math, and he needs an average contribution of $38.67.

Anyway, we all know Wayne is a great Democrat, I know he'll run a true NC Democrat race!

HATE TO SOUND LIKE A FREEPER....

But does it not bother anyone else the way Wayne was selected to carry the tourch? Here we had an 11 1/2 hour move to sign him up as a candidate while not telling ANYONE that Commish. Long was not going to seek re-election. Just seems kind of back roomish to me and something that I expect better from the Democratic party. This is a move that the GOP would pull. I hope Wayne wins, I'm even going to vote for him, but the manner in which this whole tourch passing played out just does not pass the smell test.

"I often wonder if Harry and Nancy were really outraged by the K Street Project or just pissed that they didn't think of it first."

I often wonder if Harry and Nancy were really outraged by the K Street Project or just pissed that they didn't think of it first.

That thought crossed my mind

because it is a little "clubby" for my tastes. But then I figured, what the hell. I want someone who will carry on in the tradition of Jim Long, and he seems to think Wayne is that person. So do I.

Does a sitting elected official have a responsibility to share his plans publicly for re-election? Probably not. Do people have a right to complain when they don't share those plans? You bet.

All that said, if Liddy Dole had tried to annoint a successor by clearing the field until an 11th hour decision, I'd be up in arms. Then again, I'm up in arms about everything Dull does.

PS

I'm still sending Wayne a contribution. He's a good guy and he's up against the entire insurance industry.

I hope he wins....

Just so the Democratic party will not have to find him a job for the next four years.

"I often wonder if Harry and Nancy were really outraged by the K Street Project or just pissed that they didn't think of it first."

I often wonder if Harry and Nancy were really outraged by the K Street Project or just pissed that they didn't think of it first.

"Back-roomish" or not,

Wayne has demonstrated his value to the citizens of North Carolina by (among many other things) his vigorous opposition to the efforts in the General Assembly to simplify (fast-track?) rate increases requested by insurance carriers.

I have a feeling this will be an ongoing issue, and I don't feel confident in anybody other than Wayne representing us on this.

I know you already know this, James. I was just using your comment as a springboard.

I am not suggesting.....

that it was not a good move for the state or for Wayne. I am trying to point out the fact that it looks kinda of shady the way this played out, and that I expect more from our party than that type of appearance.

"I often wonder if Harry and Nancy were really outraged by the K Street Project or just pissed that they didn't think of it first."

I often wonder if Harry and Nancy were really outraged by the K Street Project or just pissed that they didn't think of it first.

I think some jobs do lend themslves to a natural progression

If Wayne has been involved in this work and has the confidence of Jim Long who is well respected, I'm not going to get my panties in wad. It's not like NC voters aren't able to have a say.

Sometimes things just are what they are, despite appearances.