Embattled North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has recently announced her decision not to pursue a second term as governor. The latest statewide polling data indicate that Erskine Bowles, is looked upon as “by far the strongest Democratic candidate” to run against Republican Pat McCrory, a former mayor of Charlotte. In the 2008 race against Purdue, McCrory lost his bid for governor by a 50-46 margin.
Bowles, an investment banker who was former President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff, ran two unsuccessful bids for U.S. Senate against Elizabeth Dole in 2002 and Richard Burr in 2004. Bowles also served as Co-Chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform which failed to bring Obama’s “Super Committee” to a national debt reduction agreement.
I find it amusing that the party that brought us the occupy movement may now offer a wealthy investment banker, with two previous failed bids for elected public office, as their best hope to win the governorship of an important swing state.
Democrats pursue Bowles for governor’s raceBY ROB CHRISTENSEN
When Erskine Bowles left the presidency of the University of North Carolina last year, he ruled out a future in elective politics.
“I have empirical data that I was a terrible politician,” he said, referring to his two unsuccessful runs for U.S. Senate.
But despite Bowles’ self-assessment, Democrats launched a major lobbying effort to get him to run for governor after Gov. Bev Perdue said last week she would not run for re-election.
Bowles, say friends and associates, is seriously weighing a gubernatorial bid, but is said to be genuinely undecided. Bowles has not returned inquiries from reporters.
Until Bowles makes a decision, he has essentially frozen the field of potential Democratic candidates beyond the two who have already announced their candidacies: Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and state Rep. Bill Faison of Orange County.
The reason Bowles, 66, a Charlotte investment banker, casts such a shadow is self-evident.
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