Whither, N.C. Democrats?
For the most part, the state’s Democratic candidates were knocked back on their heels by the Nov. 6 election. That followed a legislative session in which the GOP pretty much got most of what it wanted, and scandal at the party headquarters.
Is there hope for Democratic leadership? Veteran Democratic politico Gary Pearce thinks so. In the blog he shares with conservative Carter Wrenn, Talking About Politics (talkingaboutpolitics.com), Pearce recently named three leaders to watch:
Sen. Josh Stein of Raleigh, who became minority whip after only two years in office. “Has vision and proven, practical political skills,” Pearce writes. And he has raised more than any other Democrat in the General Assembly in this election cycle: more than $400,000.
Rep. Deborah Ross of Raleigh, already one of the minority whips in the House with a decade of persistence behind her. “Hard-working, smart and tough,” is the squib on her. She’ll be thrust into the spotlight with Minority Leader Joe Hackney’s departure from the legislature.
Sen. Eric Mansfield of Fayetteville. He was a key player in the “tort reform” battles and he raised his own profile with a run – albeit unsuccessful – for lieutenant governor. “Great resume – doctor, minister and soldier.”