Remember Hal Jordan? He's the Republican who came within 30 votes of unseating then-House Speaker Jim Black in 2006. Black, who later would go to prison on corruption charges, was hobbled by scandal that November. But Jordan won in what was still an overwhelmingly Democratic district.
Now he's considering a run for an at-large seat on the Mecklenburg board of commissioners. He would join incumbent Dan Ramirez on an at-large ticket that would try to take advantage of Democratic disarray and retake control of the board.
Democrats, particularly board chairman Jennifer Roberts, have been hurt by the mess over selection of a new sheriff. A lot of Democrats are angry over a process that first elected Nick Mackey, an African American, then invalidated his election and saw the installation of his rival.
A lot of African Americans, who make up about half the county's registered Democrats, have threatened to retaliate at the polls.
So here's a question: How much do you think the sheriff's fiasco will affect the race for county commissioner?