As North Carolina Democrats gathered in Greensboro on Saturday for a statewide fundraising event, they suddenly had a lame-duck first-term governor and at least two new candidates.
But a lot of folks were thinking about the guy who wasn't there. Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton jumped in Thursday. He was joined Saturday by state Rep. Bill Faison, who announced his candidacy in Greensboro. Faison, 64, a trial lawyer, represents Orange and Caswell counties.
But what about Erskine Bowles, the former White House chief of staff and UNC system president? He wasn't in Greensboro, but he was said to be considering the race. "I think Erskine would be a very formidable candidate," state Revenue Secretary David Hoyle said. "I think the business community would fall in love with that. He would be the Republicans' worst fear." Read more here.