Should be an excitable day in the inner sanctum at the North Carolina Party of Greed. Fredly Smith, the asphalt king, will announce his plans to run for governor. Which is very good news. He'll further fracture the Republican base and force Art Pope to spend even more of his family fortune to prop up Bob Orr's regrettable candidacy.
I would normally encourage folks to start doing opposition research, but don't bother. This is going to be an intra-party blood bath. Bill Graham is already taking shots at Smith, and his trial-lawyer background will come in handy in digging up the considerable dirt that's apparently available on Smith. And with regards to Orr, much of the Republican leadership will back anyone besides a Pope Puppet.