Thursday, June 02, 2011

Tillis & Berger stump for 'presumed' gubernatorial candidate

House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate GOP leader Phil Berger will take a break from the General Assembly this month to raise money for former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory.

The two are scheduled to appear at a June 16 fundraiser for McCrory in Charlotte. The two have lent their names to similar events in Raleigh and Winston-Salem and are scheduled at a McCrory event tonight in Wilmington.

McCrory, who lost the governor's race to Democrat Bev Perdue in 2008, has been itching for a rematch ever since. He and the legislative leaders are mutually supportive. This week he praised the Republican budget after weighing in on it in private.

The current Senate version, unlike the first, retains money for the Charlotte light rail that McCrory has long championed.

Jack Hawke, McCrory's general consultant, said the Charlotte event could raise $200,000 for the still unannounced campaign. And so far, the former Charlotte mayor is the only Republican seriously mentioned as a candidate.

"Everywhere he goes he is kind of a presumed candidate," Hawke said.


Anonymous said...

How nice that the Transit Center gangbangers will soon be able to take the light rail to Cornelius and mug Thom Tillis.

Anonymous said...

The next time you have a thought, let it go.

Anonymous said...

All candidates for public office should be forced to campaign in the nude.

MeckDeck said...

Quid meet quo.

Kinda almost miss Jim Black at this point.

Anonymous said...

The history of Marx political correctness

Anonymous said...

If McCrory turns out to be the best we've got to run against Perdue, I'll vote for Perdue.

Also, Tillis and Berger are both losing their shine. What happened to Republican's empahsis on transparency?

Michael Procton said...

9:31, people like you are why our state government is in the shape it's in.