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Friday, January 27, 2012

Pat McCrory vs Anthony Foxx: Foxx Should Seek Congressional Office Instead

POLL: How would you rate Bev Perdue's term as N.C. governor?
Excellent: 5%
Good: 12%
Fair: 17%
Poor: 67%
Total Votes: 2,042
SOURCE: Charlotte Observer

As it relates to Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx (D) campaigning to become North Carolina's First BLACK Governor, I don't believe he could pull it off right now. He should instead finish his term as Charlotte Mayor & then seek Congressional Office.

Now Before you bash me or tell me I'm being negative, please allow me to explain why I believe this Political theory may be beneficial to Anthony Foxx. Bev Perdue's GOP Challenger former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory served as Charlotte's Mayor for 14 Years.

He ran against Bev Perdue in 2008 but only lost due to Pres. Obama's Outstanding Nationwide Campaign. As Charlotte's Former Mayor, Pat McCrory did a lot to help Black-Owned Businesses emerge in Charlotte, thus he created a lot of BLACK Charlotte Supporters.

Pat McCrory is NOT a Tea Party Republican.

Instead he's a Moderate & he's NOT Hateful or Mean to BLACK people. After losing to Bev Perdue in 2008, Pat McCrory spent the next 3 years preparing for a rematch.

This Man (Pat) has money in the bank & a HUGE amount of Supporters across the state of North Carolina.

While serving as North Carolina Governor, Bev Perdue Wasted I do mean WASTED Billions in Stimulus Money, Fired Thousands of Teacher, did NOT let those Teachers receive Unemployment Benefits, Used Former NC Revenue Chief Ken Lay Then Threw him under the bus, Stepped on BLACK Voters who helped to Elect her & cut Medicare/ Medicaid for Low Income Seniors but gave Millions in Tax Payer money to North Carolina's Wealthy Coastal Residents.

In addition several of Perdue's 2008 Campaign staff members were Indicted for Campaign Finance Crimes. There was NO WAY Bev Perdue would have been re-elected!

No Way!

In fact She would have hurt Pres. Obama in North Carolina.

She's an Alleged Crook & a Racist! That is why she dropped out! Notice how she dropped out.

She made this announcement late in the Campaign Season knowing it would be difficult for another Democrat to run in her place. I'm telling you Bev Perdue is DIRTY!

North Carolina is still a VERY Racist State! There is NO Way Anthony Foxx (a BLACK Man) would be able to raise the Money or garner enough State Wide Support in 9 Months to run Successfully against Pat McCrory!

If he had more time then Yes. But NOT in 9 Months!

Thus Anthony Foxx should remain as Charlotte Mayor & then run for Congress in 2 years. i.e., Mel Watt's Seat. Mel Watt (D) is TIRED & NO Longer Effective anyway.

He does NOT Care about his BLACK North Carolina Constituents unless they are in his Fraternity or Sister Sorority. So word to Anthony Foxx just keep serving as Charlotte Mayor & then go to Congress.

He could do more for North Carolina on the Federal Level anyway, then on the State level because the State Of N.C. is still a mess for BLACK Citizens!

Could it be Charlotte mayor vs. Charlotte ex-mayor in N.C. governor's race?

Could two Charlotte mayors face off for N.C. governor?

That possibility emerged Thursday when Democrat Anthony Foxx said he's considering a race that suddenly opened up with Gov. Bev Perdue's decision not to seek re-election.

Foxx's predecessor, Republican Pat McCrory, plans to launch his own long-anticipated campaign Tuesday, but in a landscape dramatically different from the one he expected.

"He's got a completely different race today than he had last night," said Republican strategist Carter Wrenn. "The world just changed."

Perdue's surprise decision - less than three weeks before candidate filing opens - sent Democrats scrambling. Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton of Rutherfordton was the first to announce his candidacy. State Rep. Bill Faison of Chapel Hill expects to announce soon.

Among those leaving the door cracked was Foxx.

"I remain focused on Charlotte and the substantial work ahead," he said in a statement. "I will spend the coming weeks talking with my family and friends about how I could best serve our city and state, and I ask the public and media for some patience as I work through those conversations."

In his own statement, McCrory said, "My message has been and will continue to be that we must fix our broken government and broken economy and put our North Carolina resources back to work."

Neither Foxx nor McCrory could be reached.

Both would join a long line of Charlotte mayors who have sought statewide office. Each of the last five mayors - back to then-Democrat Eddie Knox in 1984 - have run and lost.

The last was McCrory. Charlotte's only seven-term mayor fell to Perdue in 2008.

McCrory vs. a fresh face

Since then he has prepared for an expected rematch. He has traveled the state in support of other Republicans and promoted GOP causes. And campaign reports due today will show him with around $2 million in the bank.

He has consistently led Perdue in polls. Now that she's out, supporters say the outlook is even brighter.

"We're seeing that literally today with Pat's phone ringing off the hook with people who were on the fence or had not yet gotten involved and wanted to be helpful on the fundraising side," said McCrory strategist Brian Nick.

As an incumbent, he said, Perdue essentially froze out donors who might otherwise have given to McCrory. "Now, he added, "that ice has thawed."

In addition to his war chest, McCrory has another advantage: name recognition. A survey last fall showed him leading Dalton, Faison and even three-term Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper in hypothetical matchups.

But that may not matter, said Wrenn. "I expect it'll make it a tougher race for (McCrory)," said Wrenn, who ran former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot's 2000 campaign for governor.

"Bev carried a lot of baggage and a lot of negatives ...So a fresh candidate may help the Democrats and make life a little more complicated for Pat. He's still in pretty strong shape, but a fresh face might be harder to beat than Perdue."

Tom Jensen, director of Raleigh's Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, said surveys suggest McCrory's strongest Democratic challenger would be Charlotte's Erskine Bowles, a former White House chief of staff and president of the University of North Carolina system.

"Democrats have a better chance no matter who the candidate is, but especially if Erskine can be coaxed into the race," he said. "It just changes the whole calculus."

Bowles could not be reached.

Charlottean vs. Charlottean?

Foxx's entry would change it even more.

After two terms on Charlotte's City Council, he became the city's youngest mayor in 2009 at age 38. During his first term, he developed a working relationship with President Barack Obama, was a frequent guest at the White House and played a key role in landing this year's Democratic National Convention.

Though untested statewide, he would bring a strong base. Charlotte is home to almost one in 10 N.C. Democrats.

Foxx is also a proven fundraiser. During two mayoral bids, he raised more than $1.3 million from a national fundraising network.

Their time leading Charlotte could create disputes over who is most responsible for various accomplishments.

Foxx would have served three years. McCrory was Charlotte mayor for 14 years.

During Foxx's last campaign, Republican opponent Scott Stone charged that some of Foxx's touted accomplishments - such as bringing 14,000 new jobs to the city - were in part due to McCrory's earlier efforts.

Michael Bitzer, a political scientist at Catawba College, said a divisive primary could hurt Democrats against McCrory.

"Ideally they would want someone picked (in the primary) so they can start making amends, start solidifying the base and get ready to go into the summer and the fall," he said.

Andrew Taylor, a political scientist at N.C. State, said Foxx - like most other would-be Democratic candidates - would have to work to become known statewide. If he did run, and did win, it could set up a race between two Charlotteans.

"There is this rather absurd argument that you can't elect someone from the Charlotte area as governor," Taylor said. "What we think of as our economic capital to a certain extent would all of a sudden have more political clout than it's had for a while."

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Sources: McClatchy Newspapers, WCNC, WRAL, Youtube, Google Maps

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