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Is Thom Tillis running for governor?

An out-of-state PAC is pitting all-but-announced gubernatorial candidate Dan Forest against U.S. Senator Thom Tillis in paid Facebook ads. The intent of the Florida-based Principled Leadership Fund PAC is unclear. But what is clear is that conservative circles are talking about Tillis making a run for Governor in 2020—only two and a half years into his first term. Being in Washington doesn’t seem to be all Sen. Thom Tillis thought it would be. 

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Pat McCrory's downward spiral. Rejected by voters, academia and the Trump Administration.

Pat McCrory is still coping with his loss last year to Roy Cooper. He recently told WRAL that it has been a “tough transition to leave a job he loved.”

In less than a year, the voters of North Carolina rejected him, academia rejected him, and the Trump administration rejected him. 

Even the Trump family wedding planner got a job overseeing “billions of federal dollars as the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s New York and New Jersey office.” That has got to hurt.

What’s worse is his successor has been busy as a member of Donald Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, working to solve a crisis with an administration McCrory has been so eager to join.

With his employment prospects bleak, McCrory has now decided to torment all of us with a Carolina Comeback that no one asked for, saying "I'd be foolish not to reconsider coming back.”

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Phil Berger 2020?

Senate Leader Phil Berger could be eyeing a change in job title in 2020. Berger was first elected to the State Senate in 2000. He became Senate Minority Leader in 2004 and President Pro Tem in 2010. Could he be looking to rise to a new level in 2020? It certainly seems like Berger could be laying the groundwork for the next statewide election.


Via @ncpolmail

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Attention starved McCrory wants his old job back

GOP circles have been buzzing for weeks with speculation about who might run for Governor in 2020. The leading names so far have been Dan Forest and Thom Tillis. Others think Phil Berger is interested in the job. But in the last month, former governor Pat McCrory is making waves.

Conservative bloggers
 have noticed the former governor's increased social media presence.

Last week while making an appearance at a pro-am golf tournament in Wilmington, McCrory teased that he’ll take a larger public role soon. “I’m going to have some input in the near future about what’s working and what’s not working,” he told WWAY.

 

And when asked about running again in a UNC-TV interview, Pat McCrory did not tamp down speculation. “A lot of my grassroots supporters would like me to run again. And I’ve told them that I will consider it at the right time.”

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Dan Forest openly coveting the Governor’s Mansion

It’s no secret that Lt. Gov. Dan Forest wants to be Governor. At a local GOP event in Craven County, he all but made it official. According to the New Bern Sun Journal on February 28, Forest “predicted that, in four years, he would be governor.”

This week Forest told Tim Boyum, “I’d love to be governor someday.”

He may be the first Republican to openly talk about a 2020 bid for Governor, but he won’t be the last.

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