UPDATED: Richard Moore Opens Campaign Website

The Democratic Primary for North Carolina Governor, which seems like it's been running at full steam for ... well, forever, becomes official today as Richard Moore announces his campaign. In addition to opening the campaign website this morning, the campaign will hold the first of many kickoff events tonight.

This first event is at 5:00 pm in Oxford, NC (our Treasurer's hometown) at J. F. Webb High School, and the second event is on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in Charlotte (more details below). The campaign's early literature and issue positions are based off of Moore's record as treasurer - highlighting strong leadership, progressive economic development, and support for the middle class:

Treasurer Moore became the first statewide elected official to call publicly for an increase in the minimum wage, forming the One Dollar More Coalition. He spoke to groups across the state to advocate for a one dollar legislative increase to help workers support their families and make ends meet. When the General Assembly increased the minimum wage to $6.15, Moore hailed the victory as the first step in a number of reforms needed to provide opportunity for North Carolina’s working families.

Treasurer Moore has championed a national movement to protect shareholder rights against Wall Street corporate abuses. He authored investment and mutual fund protection principles which have been adopted by pension fund managers across the country.

Why do I support Richard Moore so early in the game? There are many reasons: some personal (I know from personal experience that the Treasurer and his campaign staff are honorable people with great motivations), some geographic (we've seen a lot of Moore in Metrolina already, and we know he's going to be here to do more than crash a car into the wall of Lowe's Motor Speedway), some having to do with experience (he's been a federal prosecutor, a state legislator, and Treasurer ... and much more), and many that have to do with policy performance (the minimum wage increase comes to mind, but so does a lot of the policy listed above). But perhaps most importantly, he's demonstrated his leadership abilities - he was managing the response to Hurricane Floyd, and had to deal with FEMA's impotent response to the flooding that came afterward. Even though I think he has the best policy positions, being an executive is about so much more - and I think the "so much more" is what Richard Moore has.

Now, before there's another glut of "Why doesn't one of these candidates run for Senate?" posts, I want to make it clear that both Richard Moore and Beverly Perdue want to be governor. Each candidate, along with thousands of supporters each, believes they can do a great job for North Carolina (also, as of the end of 2006, Richard Moore had $2,620,729.04 and our Lt. Governor had $2,467,670.06 that cannot be transfered to a federal account).

You've got almost a year to decide, but please consider coming out to the event in Oxford or the event in Charlotte this week to hear about Richard's vision for North Carolina. I'll be at at least one of the events, and I hope to see you there.

Richard Moore for Governor Events

Tuesday, May 22 - 5:00 pm
Barbecue at Webb HS
3200 Webb School Rd
Oxford, NC 27565

Wednesday, May 23 - 11:30
Charlotte Campaign Kickoff
Charlotte Marriott City Center
100 West Trade Street
Charlotte, NC

Comments

Why doesn't one run for Senate?

Just kidding.

Nice post. I'll look forward to watching these two campaigns unfold. I think they're both missing big opportunities to weigh in on major issues on deck right now. On the "insurance" thread, somebody asked why Moore wasn't making the case against it from his position as Treasurer. I'd ask the same question of Perdue.

I'd also like to know there they stand on the so-called marriage amendment. Not after it goes up or down in the General Assembly, but BEFORE . . . as in right now. Today.

Same applies to mental health parity.

Right now, I'd say they're neck-and-neck in terms of progressive cred . . . which is to say neither is carrying that banner as far as I can see.

If either wants to be governor

they absolutely should speak to these issues as quickly as possible. I'm thinking that they're hands are tied until they actually announce their candidacy. They can speak to issues as a candidate that may not be appropriate for them to address as treasurer/LG. I don't know what's appropriate/inappropriate for them to address in their current offices. We'll see if his announcement frees Moore up to speak to some of these issues. I'm sure Bev has plans to announce soon and I bet we'll hear a lot more from them after that. Urgh.

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The campaigns.

I had to miss the event in Carrboro that Anglico wrote about earlier, but was looking forward to talking with Pat Smathers. I've also talked in passing with Hampton Dellinger. When I look at the Lt. Governor's race I see two candidates (at least) that I could support. When I look at the governors race, I see two candidates I could support.

For the first time in a long time, in a "big" race, I'm going to hold off on picking a pony until I get to question them on the issues of the day. Normally, there is one candidate that stands out immediately, it's nice to have options.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

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

you should have

not only was it a great meeting, but I got to try and convince Anglico and the Orange County Chair that Pat was the best option after he had left. It was a good time.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

Only Besse supporters at the 12th district convention

I told them I wouldn't talk up Smathers if they would vote for me ... plus, they had lit, so I really couldn't compete with that when I had my own lit to hand out.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

I was surprised at the lack of Gov people

people aren't ready to go tooth and nail yet, I guess ...

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

There was Besse and Smathers literature at the 6th district

convention, too.

More literature than people. I counted a total of about 30 delegates all together - is that typical for an odd numbered year convention? I was disappointed.
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Well, I hope you networked well enough to be a delegate!

I wish that we could care about electing Electors at these conventions ... hopefully we'll pass something like the Maine plan before '08.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Hey Sam, I'm curious...

why you decided to back Moore. I haven't decided which candidate to back yet, but I'd like to hear why, relative to Perdue, you think he's the better candidate.

Why I support Richard Moore

There are a lot of reasons: some personal (I know enough of them personally to know that the Treasurer and his staff are honorable people with great intentions and motivations), some geographic (we've seen a lot of Moore in Metrolina already, and we know he's going to be here to do more than crash a car into the wall of Lowe's Motor Speedway), some having to do with experience (he's been a federal prosecutor, a state legislator, and Treasurer ... and much more), and many that have to do with policy performance (the minimum wage increase comes to mind, but so does a lot of the policy listed above). But perhaps most importantly, he's demonstrated his leadership abilities - he was managing the response to Hurricane Floyd, and had to deal with FEMA's impotent response to the flooding that came afterward. Even though I think he has the best policy, being an executive is about so much more - and I think the "so much more" is what Richard Moore has.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Thanks.

Nice answer.

I know that their positions on these issues

will make a big difference to me as to which one I support.

And - should any of the campaigns be reading - the people who read and post on these blogs are not just college kids sitting in their parents basements. Many of us are active members of today's NCDP, and we will move heaven and earth to get you elected - if we support you. Let us know how you stand on these important isses.

And for goodness sake - protect the Constitution of NC!
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I was very impressed

when Richard Moore spoke at length at the annual Guilford County Unity dinner.

He struck me as highly articulate, likeable and smart but there was also that indescribable politician quality.

I think he's a valuable asset to the NC Democratic Party.

I wish that quality were more describable

Positive politicking or negative politicking?

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Decidedly positive.

You might call it the Obama factor these days...some people just have that star quality. I don't think it's an essential for someone to be a good leader but it makes getting him or her elected much easier and more fun.

I think Moore has that quaity.

Well, to quote Henry Rollins

"Barack Obama is not a rock star. No politician is a rock star." :-P

But I'm glad that "politician" is becoming a good thing ... I thought NC was going to be like New Jersey ...

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

I lived in Jersey before NC

I was referring to the fact that no state hates its politicians like Jersey ;-)

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Me too,

my first nineteen years, but I'm just as much a Carolina girl now.

My Aunt, 80+, still lives there and won't even refer to the Democratic Party by name, she calls it "that party". I don't know why, I haven't spent much of my attention on Jersey politics other than the stuff that shows up in the 24 hr. spin cycle.